Republican candidate Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States over Secretary Hillary Clinton last night– in part because of the support of the trucking community.
Trucking Backed Trump With Campaign Contributions
Trucking’s campaign contributions favored Trump significantly, donating over $160,000 to aid in his election. Clinton, on the other hand, was only able to secure $114,000 from trucking in campaign contributions.
Trump Garnered Social Media Support From Trucking Community
Trucking also took to social media to help sway the outcome of the election, creating over 35 Facebook groups called “Truckers For Trump.” One of those groups was run by drivers Jim and Lorraine Morrison has over 26,000 Facebook followers and campaigned so tirelessly for the Republican candidate that they were featured in Newsweek. The Morrisons travelled through 48 states distributing t-shirts, bumper stickers, and signage to support their candidate.
ATA Plans To Work With Trump To Put Trucking Interests At Forefront
The American Trucking Association issued a statement congratulating Trump on his victory: “During the campaign, he highlighted the need to create jobs, and recognized that improving our nation’s infrastructure is critical to strengthening the economy. As the industry that moves nearly 70% of our nation’s freight and is a key economic driver, we look forward to working with President-elect Trump on a host of issues, including long-term, sustainable infrastructure funding, tax reform and fair and free trade. We have already begun meeting with the Trump transition team, and looks forward to working closely with the new Administration on issues that will allow the trucking industry to continue to grow and move America forward.”