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Historians say President Trump is a symptom of the anti-establishment turn in global politics, not its cause. Therefore, the populism that has erupted across the U.S. and Europe will go on or die — independent of what happens to him.

But what about the global trade war, which seems to be wholly Trump-driven? Experts tell Axios that it only appears that way: Protectionism, they say, is now part of the populist zeitgeist — and will outlast Trump.

Free trade coalition launches multi-million dollar anti-tariff campaign

U.S. map pinpointing examples of tariff pain
Graphic: Americans for Free Trade and Farmers for Free Trade

A newly-formed coalition called Americans for Free Trade — comprised of thousands of businesses, farmers, manufacturers and other stakeholders — has launched a multi-million dollar campaign focused on amplifying the voices of Americans harmed by President Trump's trade war.

The big picture: "Tariffs Hurt the Heartland" will bring together leading trade organizations including the National Retail Federation, the American Petroleum Institute and others in the largest unified effort against tariffs to date. In addition to media buys, grassroots outreach and a “war room” that will fact check and respond to tariff announcements, the campaign will feature a geographically searchable map on its website that pinpoints stories of tariff pain.