Jerry Bowyer: Democrats Are Free-Traders Now

Trump has performed something of a miracle: he’s transformed the Democrats into free traders.

It wasn’t always like this: in fact, for years the Democrats were the party of protectionism. But now, solely because Trump is engaged in a trade war with China, several Democratic candidates for president have become crusaders for free trade.

In the last Democratic debate, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke advocated for the trade policies that used to be the domain of the Republican party. Harris said it bluntly: I’m “not a protectionist.”

Let’s be clear: the only reason this is happening is because of the Trump administration’s attitude towards China. A few years ago, the Democratic party was clearly moving towards protectionism.

This is simply the latest stage in Trump derangement syndrome: Trump is evil, therefore everything he does must be opposed.

So: Even if only for a day, Democrats are free-traders now.

But I’m not buying it.