Philanthropist Tom Steyer flipped his views on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) Tuesday during the Democratic debate after originally calling it “a win” in December.
Steyer was the first Democratic candidate to support the deal, Politico previously reported. He called it “a win for our great partners in labor and the American workers who fuel our economy.”
“So let me say this. I’m the only person on this stage who says climate is my number one priority,” Steyer said Tuesday. “I would not sign this deal, because if climate is your number one priority, you can’t sign a deal – even if it’s marginally better for working people – until climate is also taken into consideration.”
Moderators did not push back on his flip or note that he previously called the deal “a win.”
“I cannot allow this country to go down the path of climate destruction. Everybody in their generation knows it,” Steyer continued.
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