Back in February, HVAC manufacturer Carrier announced its intentions to move roughly 1,400 jobs from its plant in Indianapolis, Indiana to Monterrey, Mexico.
A video of that announcement — which, Fox News notes, quickly went viral — showed devastated employees booing the news.
Soon after, then-GOP nominee Donald Trump vowed that his administration would fight such moves, a promise that he made good on this Tuesday:
— Official Team Trump (@TeamTrump) November 30, 2016
Since then, a number of critics have downplayed this Trump-Carrier deal — arguing either that it amounts to little in the long-run, or that the president-elect has “fooled” Americans:
Another metric: Trump would have to do one Carrier-sized deal a week for 30 years to save as many jobs as Obama's auto bailout
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) November 30, 2016
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) November 30, 2016
While these experts seem ready to brush it aside, there’s no doubt that the deal has had a huge impact on the lives of roughly 1,000 hard-working Americans: the Carrier employees who actually stood to lose their jobs.
In an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday, Robin Maynard, who has worked at Carrier for the past 24 years, said that the deal brokered by Trump and Mike Pence had him ready to “shake their hands.”
“I would like to tell him thank you for going out of your way and taking your time away from your family, working on the Carrier and employees’ deal.
Sticking to your word and going to bat for us all at Carrier and keeping our jobs here. I’d like to thank him and Mike Pence for doing it so quickly.
In a separate interview with CNN, Maynard noted that he felt like Trump was “looking out for us little guys.”
He hasn’t been the only long-time Carrier employee to speak out about the deal, either:
Larry Linville — who is 70 and has worked at Carrier for more than five decades — told RTV6 that he was “overjoyed” that his coworkers would know that their jobs were secure over this holiday season.
Noting that he couldn’t imagine working anywhere else, Linville said:
“I don’t really want to retire right now, so I’d like to go ahead and work a little longer.
So, yeah, it’s a relief not just for me but for many of the younger people. I’m glad for them.”
These reactions from Maynard and Linville are a reflection of the idea that much of middle America has felt ostracized by Democrats, with Sen. Bernie Sanders even saying that he’s “deeply humiliated that the Democratic Party cannot talk to” the white working class.
That some on the left are now arguing that the deal — which will allow so many Americans to continue to put food on their tables — somehow shouldn’t be considered a victory, seems to only strengthen this idea.