Democrats say Trump economy is not working for most Americans

Democrats say Trump economy is not working for most Americans
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Toward the beginning of Thursday's Democratic presidential primary debate, the seven candidates went after the current state of the economy, something the President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE has repeatedly lauded during his presidency.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE said that despite the growing economy, the middle class was suffering. 

"The middle class is getting killed; the middle class is getting crushed," former Vice President Joe Biden argued. "The working class has no way up, as a consequence of that," he added. 


Biden also cited a statistic, saying that 40 percent of the farmers in the Midwest couldn't pay their bills last year.  

Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Chasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' MORE, Mayor of South Bend, Ind., had similar views regarding the American middle class.

"Where I live, folks aren't measuring the economy by how the Dow Jones is doing, they're measuring the economy by how they're doing," Buttigieg said. 

"There is not one county in the United States of America where someone working full-time, at the minimum wage, can afford a two-bedroom apartment," he added.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStaff seeks to create union at DNC America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election MORE (D-Mass.) chimed in with her thoughts about the demographic as well. 

"America's middle class is being hollowed out," Warren said. "Working families and poor people are being left behind."

Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Kings launch voting rights effort honoring John Lewis Eric Adams to meet with Biden on curbing gun violence MORE was critical of the economy in a different way, noting how despite the record levels of GDP and corporate profit, financial insecurity and student loan debt are also at all-time highs.