Rex Nutting: Why Donald Trump can’t magically bring back 5 million factory jobs

Donald Trump has been making a lot of promises as he pursues his long-shot presidential campaign. The promises that have resonated most with voters have addressed the deep pessimism many of them feel about the U.S. economy.

Trump has branded himself as a populist who — alone among all politicians — cares about the American people. He’s going to fix what ails us.

For now, I’ll suspend belief and give Trump the benefit of the doubt that he’s really talking about strengthening economic opportunity for all Americans, and not using code words that appeal to our worst instincts. Economic opportunity is what building a wall to keep out the Mexicans is all about, right? That’s what his rhetoric about China stealing our jobs is about too.

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