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Hillary Clinton’s Covert Campaign for the TPP

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Hillary Clinton’s delegates voted down amendments proposed by Bernie Sanders supporters to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the two-day Democratic platform meeting in Orlando. The proposed amendments would have put the Democratic Party on record for opposing a vote on the TPP during the lame duck session of Congress (when Congress meets after Election Day on November 8, but before the new Congress’ and President’s terms begin in January.)

This appears to be conflicting with the stance of their preferred candidate. Hillary Clinton has stated that she opposes the TPP, and indicated that she doesn’t support a vote on the trade deal during the lame duck session of Congress. Many have questioned her authenticity on that stance, especially because she was an ardent supporter of the deal during her tenure as a Secretary of State. Even TPP lobbyists are confident that Clinton will support the TPP once elected.

Related: The Simple Argument Against the TPP

Despite Clinton’s stance on the trade deal, NBC News reports that the Clinton campaign was whipping members to oppose the language proposed by Sanders loyalists to reject the TPP. This was also corroborated by Zaid Jilani from The Intercept, who reported that the Clinton campaign was actively engaged with platform committee delegates and directing them on votes.

The former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, revealed a conversation that he had with a Clinton advisor on his Facebook page. The advisor asserted that Clinton would not oppose President Obama on the TPP. Ironically, the advisor still believes that Clinton would be shielded from any criticism about the TPP because she came out against it.

CLINTON ADVISOR: “Look, it doesn’t matter what you or I think. The President wants the TPP, and the Party isn’t going to oppose him.”

REICH: “You mean Hillary won’t oppose him.”

CLINTON ADVISOR: “Hillary won’t, and Debbie [Wasserman Schultz] won’t, and neither will Nancy [Pelosi] or Harry [Reid] or Dick [Durbin] or Chuck [Schumer].

REICH: “But it’s terrible policy. And it’s awful politics. It gives Trump a battering ram. Obama won’t be president in six months. Why risk it?”

CLINTON ADVISOR: “They don’t see much of a risk. Most Americans don’t know or care about the TPP.”

REICH: “But they know big corporations are running economic policy. They think the whole system is corrupt. Believe me, Trump will use this against Hillary.”

CLINTON ADVISOR: “He can’t. She’s inoculated. She’s come out against the TPP.”

The controversial trade deal was fast-tracked, which means that White House can send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The Senate will not be able to filibuster them, and lawmakers will not have the power to amend them. The passage of the fast track bill was hardly easy. It narrowly passed the House with a 218-208 vote and the Senate with a 60-38 vote, just enough to avoid a filibuster challenge. Activists and labor unions who are lobbying against the trade deal are hoping to convert just a few to be able to defeat the deal.

Sanders has vowed to take his fight to the convention, with hopes to enact language to the Democratic platform rejecting the TPP. Adding such language to the platform, which is non-binding and mostly symbolic, will not prevent President Obama from signing in the TPP after Election Day if Congress voted on it.

Written by Salam Morcos

Salam Morcos

Salam Morcos is a Managing Editor of Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

Political activist for democracy, social justice, racial justice, women's right and human rights.

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MaineBob Oconnor
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For Reference, here is Jim Hightower presenting his Anti TPP amendment on Saturday at the DNC Platform committee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkirLYv9S4g

Marti Krawczyk
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So, vote for Hillary and kiss your job goodbye, people.

Keely Gilmour
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Dems are making Trump the devil. He’s on our side over trade… and his stance on the border… well, it doesn’t mean any of us hate Latinos… it’s about whether we can take in all of Mexico, El salvador and even Venezuela.

at what point so we swamp the life boats????

Bill Bartlett
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Keely Gilmour I sincerely believe that once in office Trump will essentially be a puppet and will sign anything the GOP passes. Anything else requires too much thought.

Tina Marie Deraco
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PEOPLE…Democrats DID NOT vote for her in the primaries. Bernie was the real winner. Do you honestly think that it matters who you vote for in Nov? It will be rigged again. You all better pin your hopes on Trey Gowdy bringing perjury charges against HRC for lying to the Benghazi committee; or she will be taking the oath of office next Jan. courtesy of this country’s owners. Your vote means NOTHING to them and she doesn’t care if you want her or not!

Maxie Grant
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And this is why I will NEVER VOTE FOR HER.

Emil Kaneti
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Seriously. Is anyone surprised. She’ll oppose TPP publiclly, then claim she is bound by it and can’t do anything.

Bill Bartlett
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Trump could simply cite articles like this, like Jalani’s post, and Reich’s post as proof that once again, she says one thing, but does another.

James Sucese
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Just remember that Hillary can’t tell the truth no matter how hard she tries. She would sell her soul to the devil before she even thinks about helping her constituents. She is a bad choice for the Democrats too bad they were asleep at fhe fucking wheel.

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