The political left treats this as a made-up problem, a scapegoating by Applebee's-eating, megachurch rubes who think they are losing their "jerbs."
I'm not sure that's the political left. Sounds to me more like the post-Carter pro-business Democratic establishment and its hangers-on.
The huge infrastructure of the conservative movement in Washington D.C. is aghast at Trump, and calls him an economic illiterate for threatening China with tariffs. They can't understand that this is not primarily an economic measure, but a nationalist one.
Europe, here we come! Hello, Central and South America!
It's a signal to voters that one man is here to fight for them, not to school-marmishly tell them that capitalism is helping them when in fact it manifestly helps others a lot more.
But... but... THE SACRED FREE MARKET! How dare you, peasants!? CRAB MENTALITY!
Some have seen that Trump is attracting the "radical middle" social base and taking on the Caesarist, almost Latin American-style populism that Francis recommended.
Mr. Perfect is going to have a heart attack.
What is so crucial to Trump's success, even within the Republican Party, is his almost total ditching of conservatism as a governing philosophy.