“Our manufacturing workers in America need a level playing field, in addition to we have to ensure which our markets are not flooded with foreign imports which are subsidized by foreign nations,” said Rick Gredja, a 44-year-old Lamb supporter who works in communications for the Service Employees International Union Local 688.
Meanwhile, Rich Luczko, a retiree who worked in nuclear power as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 29, told CNBC which “something had to be done” about the steel industry.
Still, the views of those groups do not necessarily align with the major parties nationally or even throughout Pennsylvania’s entire 18th District. Only 39 percent of American voters say they support Trump’s tariff plan, while 35 percent say they oppose the idea, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll out Wednesday. The poll found 65 percent of Republicans said they back the actions, while only 31 percent of independents in addition to 24 percent of Democrats agreed.
Multiple Lamb supporters at a Tuesday night rally at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh’s suburbs opposed the tariff plan. Howard Iacone, a retiree by Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania, worried the tariffs could hurt rather than help the U.S. economy.
“I think the idea’s a shortsighted view,” he said.