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Many members of the IBEW are doing ok - good wages, good medical, paying the rent or better yet a mortgage, paying the kids’ college bills and counting on a comfortable, secure retirement. President Trump can’t take credit for any of that. In fact, if you have been paying attention he’s looking to reverse most of the progress that union members have made. And don’t forget, that progress is because - and only because - you belong to a union. Too many American workers have not had the benefit of belonging to a union. Too many are working for Walmart wages with no medical, no pensions, in "right-to-work" states, in hopeless situations. Too many with opioid addictions. That’s the reason why so many bought into Trump’s BS "make America great," blaming the immigrants and the poor for your high taxes and other ills. Hook, line, and sinker - the struggling working class bought in and got nothing.

The spoils went to Trump and the wealthy, the corporations and the businesses. He rages against the Democrats and feeds red meat to his base, dividing Americans against one another. To him, there is no us, it’s only his America and those who blindly follow while fearing his wrath.

Americans can disagree and have differences of opinion but we cannot lose sight of the fact that we are all Americans. On 9/11 we were all Americans. This threat of a deadly virus won’t discriminate between Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor. All Americans will be impacted. We need a leader that will protect all Americans. A leader who respects the rights of all Americans.

This Democratic primary is all about selecting the best candidate to beat Trump and change the dark path on which our proud country has traveled these last few years. When the process ends and a candidate is selected, whether he or she was your first choice or not, we must come together and exercise our civic duty to have our voices heard and bring the civility that the highest office in the land demands by electing a president that speaks for, cares for, and respects every American man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, national origin, or political party.