Former NYT correspondent: Dems stopped looking out for working class under Bill Clinton

Former New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges said on Thursday that the Democratic Party stopped looking out for the interests of working-class voters under former President Clinton. 

"There was a moment when the Democratic Party watched out for the interests of working men and women," Hedges told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"When did that go wrong?" Ball asked. 

"Clinton. NAFTA," Hedges replied, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was negotiated during the Clinton administration. 

"I was in Anderson, Ind., and what was interesting was that all of these old [United Auto Workers] workers voted for [Sen. Bernie] Sanders, but in the presidential election, they voted for [President] Trump," he continued. 
 
"They were never going to vote for [Hillary] Clinton because 25,000 good union jobs, benefits, pensions — people could make 25, 30, 40 dollars an hour, buy their own homes, send their kids to college — all of that was destroyed. Anderson, like most deindustrialized centers, is a wasteland," Hedges said. 
 
"Where did the jobs go? Well, they went to Monterey, Mexico, where GM is paying workers $3 an hour without benefits," he added. 
 
Trump has railed against trade deals, such as NAFTA, since the early days of his presidential campaign, saying the agreements are unfair to U.S. workers. The president has threatening to withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA if a new pact cannot be reached fellow members Canada and Mexico. 
 
The U.S. is currently under pressure to renegotiate a new deal on NAFTA by the end of this month.  
 
Hedges appeared on "Rising" to discuss his latest book, "America: The Farewell Tour," which was published this week.
 

— Julia Manchester