President Trump‘s reelection campaign hit Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over his vote against the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Thursday, accusing the senator of turning his back on American workers.
“Socialist Bernie Sanders just proudly voted AGAINST new jobs and higher wages for Americans workers,” the Trump campaign wrote in an email to supporters.
“Sanders is willing to sacrifice blue-collar jobs and better wages, even as he enjoys flying fossil fuel burning private jets on an almost daily basis,” the email continued.
The attack on Sanders is the latest from the Trump campaign, which has recently directed more of its fire at the progressive senator, who has risen in the polls and in fundraising in recent months.
Last week, the Trump campaign labeled the Vermont progress a “wealthy, fossil fuel-guzzling millionaire” who “lectures Americans on how to live their lives while doing the exact opposite.”
Sanders is the only Democratic presidential contender currently in the race to vote against the deal, which easily passed the Senate in an 89-10 vote on Thursday.
Fellow 2020 primary contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) voted in favor of the deal, while former candidates Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) voted against it.
Sanders was also the lone candidate on Tuesday night’s debate stage in Iowa to speak out against the agreement.
“This deal — and I think the proponents of it acknowledge — will result in the continuation of the loss of hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs as a result of outsourcing,” he said.
“The heart and soul of our disastrous trade agreements and I’m the guy who voted against NAFTA and against permanent normal trade relations with China, is that we have forced American workers to compete against people in Mexico, in China, elsewhere, who earn starvation wages, $1 or $2 an hour,” he continued.
Warren, on the other hand, called the agreement a “modest improvement” amid the trade wars that are hurting American farmers.