When Trump says China pays us in tariffs, he's *lying.*
He's staking his reelection on this lie.
The lie is that he's taking money from China and giving it to his voters.
My new piece:
The only surviving remnants of his populism are the *xenophobic nationalist* elements of it.
It's no accident that Trump says he's making both Mexico & China "pay" us:
So Trump has a backup plan. He's swapping in a new story: He's forcing China to "pay" us tariffs, and he's giving the spoils to his voters: