As I campaigned with the president in 2016, I couldn’t help but notice his critics looking down their noses at his promise to bring the American manufacturing sector back to life.
You can almost forgive them for thinking Trump’s vision of a brighter day for American workers was just pandering. When Trump took office in January 2017, hiring for manufacturing was virtually flat. The story of the last four decades has been dismal — a steady decline brought about by overregulation and continued offshoring.
Amazingly, under Trump, America has experienced a 2½-year manufacturing jobs boom.
My late father was a lifelong steelworker at J&L Steel’s famed Aliquippa works. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I was witness to politicians of every stripe too easily accepting the death of the American steel industry, and manufacturing in general. We were told that it was simply the way of