President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have endorsed the Working Families Party (WFP) at the Republican National Convention.
Trump and the former Indiana governor both gave speeches on the convention floor, but it was Pence who spoke first, calling the WFP “the party that represents working men and women, the party that stands up for their interests.”
Trump, in a speech at the convention, promised to bring back manufacturing jobs that have been lost to China, Mexico and elsewhere.
He said “we’ll put American jobs first.”
“The WFP is the party of working men, women, and families,” Trump said.
“It represents the interests of hardworking Americans who have seen their wages decline, their benefits stagnate, and the quality of their lives stagnate.
I will bring manufacturing jobs back to our country and build our country back from the brink of bankruptcy.”WFP Chairwoman Cindy Blackmon, who has been in the party since it was founded in 2014, is a former Clinton campaign adviser and an adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was expelled from the party last year.
The WFP has previously endorsed Trump and endorsed the Republican establishment in the past.
The WPO is the largest of the Democratic Party’s four major party committees, which can support candidates up to the party’s nomination, and it has received $17 million from corporate and labor donors since it began in 2015.
The group, which was founded by Blackmon and has an office in Washington, D.C., has been the target of attacks by Democrats in the U.S. Congress and the 2016 presidential campaign, with some calling it a “socialist front group.”
In September, the WPO received $400,000 from a nonprofit called Working Families United for a Sustainable America, which is backed by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
The Trump administration has not yet responded to questions about the WSP.