Robert Kuttner & Lawrence Mishel

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and professor at Brandeis University's Heller School. His latest book is Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility. He writes columns for The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and the New York Times international edition. 

Lawrence Mishel is president of the Economic Policy Institute, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States and around the world. EPI's mission is to inform people and empower them to seek solutions that will ensure broadly shared prosperity and opportunity.

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Q&A: Trump’s Deceptive Trade Stance

In his recent speech attacking America’s trade policies, Donald Trump relied heavily on data from the Economic Policy Institute. EPI President Lawrence Mishel says Trump is wrong on the issue.

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In a June 28 speech attacking free trade deals and globalization, Donald Trump liberally cited the work of the Economic Policy Institute , a think tank focused on economic justice for workers. But the presumptive GOP presidential nominee didn’t tell the whole story, says EPI President Lawrence Mishel, who has criticized Trump for mischaracterizing how trade deals harm working people. Trump wrongly lays the blame for globalization and its impacts solely at the feet of Democrats, says Mishel, while ignoring the role that business elites and substantially Republican policies have played in depressing jobs and wages. Prospect Co-Editor Robert Kuttner interviewed Mishel to talk about Trump, trade, and what EPI’s research really concludes. This is an edited transcript of that interview. Robert Kuttner: Were you pleased that Donald Trump cited the work of EPI more than a dozen times in his speech on trade? Lawrence Mishel: No one likes to be associated with a bigot and a scam...