Lori Wallach, Global Trade Watch - The election of Donald Trump did not kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP never had sufficient support in the House of Representatives to be passed following its February 2016 signing. And years of campaigning in the TPP nations against the TPP’s expansion of corporate power by an international coalition of working people, environmentalists, consumer and health advocates and more nations is why no deal on the pact could be reached for years after its planned deadline.
But the Obama administration’s relentless push for the TPP did help elect Trump. Even if the TPP never goes into effect, its damage will be felt worldwide — in the form of the election of President Donald Trump. Yes, many factors contributed to this outcome. But it was not all racists and other haters who elected Trump. It was also a lot of working class voters who supported President Barack Obama twice. Hillary Clinton suffered her biggest losses in the places where Obama was strongest among white voters.