Co-Editor of Working Class Perspectives John Russo predicted President Trump will lose the state of Ohio and receive less of the union vote in addition to talking about legislation aimed at protecting home healthcare workers on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Russo began the segment by dissecting the second presidential debate. He said that both candidates looked strong, but ultimately believes Joe Biden won the debate. He attributed Biden’s win to his focus on policy and staying on the issues.
Trump in Ohio
Russo said that he sees declining support for President Trump in Ohio, one of the most vital swing states. He provided reasoning for this on the national and local level.
He said Trump is seeing declining support amongst evangelicals. He said that while President Trump and Mitch McConnell have delivered them a strong conservative judiciary, Trump’s moral positions are now catching up to him. Additionally, Russo said the Catholic and Jewish communities are abandoning the President after his isolationist attitudes.
On a more local note, the Ohio GOP is fractured. The wing of the party that identifies with former Governor John Kasich has not supported the President and is not expected to this time around.
Finally, Russo said the electorate of Ohio is shaping up to be younger, first time voters. All indicators point to these demographics typically voting for democratic candidates.
Earning the union vote
Although labor unions almost always support democratic presidential candidates, rank and file union members came out strong for President Trump in 2016. Russo believes many will still vote for him, but not in the same volume.
He said union members felt betrayed by NAFTA and other trade deals that saw jobs leave the United States, and thought Trump was the answer.
After Supreme Court arguments of Janus v AFSCME and other anti-labor actions being taken by the administration, Russo believes more union members will hold a better opinion of Joe Biden than they did of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Russo then talked about a sector of the workforce that has been abandoned in recent years. He said that domestic workers are facing record levels of unemployment and need some type of help.
These workers were largely forgotten in pre-pandemic times and have only recently gained a spotlight due to the pandemic. Those who are working are underpaid and work in hazardous conditions as they take care of people who have been infected with COVID-19.
Russo said he hopes there will be some type of post-election legislation designed to help these workers.