For the past 44 years, Chuck Jones has been a consistent voter for Democrats. But this election cycle, the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 is having a hard time getting excited about the party's presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
His Indianapolis-based union endorsed Bernie Sanders in the run-up to the Indiana Democratic primary, but now that the Vermont senator has all but dropped out, Jones said the choice between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is like "trying to choose the better of two evils."
Citing Clinton's mixed record on trade deals, Jones said he was not sure if he could trust the former secretary of state, but on the other hand he said Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump presents an even worse choice.
"He's trying to appeal to the working class people, and he's full of [expletive]," Jones said. "Probably what I'll do, I'll probably hold my nose and I'll vote Hillary."
In an unusual election cycle, trade has emerged front and center in recent days as Trump tries to appeal to working class voters by promising to renegotiate free trade deals and pull the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before it is ratified. The New York businessman has also specifically reached out to supporters of Sanders, who was a favorite among progressive Democrats and many union members.
"There is one thing that Bernie Sanders and I are in complete accord with, and that's trade," Trump said at a Wednesday rally in Maine. "He said we're being ripped off, I say we're being ripped off. I've been saying it for years, he's been saying it for years."