An Ohio-based tea party activist disagrees with a published report that is trying to paint a picture of gloom and doom in the Rust Belt economy.
On Wednesday The Associated Press published an op-ed entitled "Trump's Rust Belt revival is fading. Will it matter in 2020?" It claims that the economic renaissance in the industrial Midwest is not materializing and that that might not bode well for the president. The article quotes Robert Alexander, a political scientist from Ohio Northern University, who said: "I don't think that Ohio is just a lock in the Republican's column, nor do I think that blue-collar voters are settled on who they're likely to select."
Tom Zawistowski is president of We the People Convention and the Ohio Citizens PAC. He acknowledges "some fluctuation" has occurred in Ohio's manufacturing jobs market because some sectors are being hurt by the tariffs on China.
"But the reality is we're still net positive in a big way," he continues. "They're saying we're down 2,400 manufacturing jobs this year – but we're still up over 12,000 manufacturing jobs since Trump took office."
And Zawistowski says the idea that Ohio is still in play is just not true.
"The fact of the matter is that Trump won Ohio by eight percent in '16 – and I've got news for you: that's going up in 2020," he tells OneNewsNow. "There's no way any Democratic socialist candidate wins Ohio in 2020, unless they cheat."
A poll conducted by Emerson Polling five weeks ago contradicts Zawistowski's prediction. Not only did that poll show Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden (53% to 47%), it also showed him losing to Senator Bernie Sanders by the same measure; and to Senator Elizabeth Warren 52%-48%. Both Sanders and Warren have been described as "Democratic socialists."
But a more recent survey by Public Policy Polling shows Trump even with both Sanders and Warren – and trailing Biden by only two points.