‘Cheers’ star declares why he thinks working-class Americans support Trump: ‘He knows how to build things’

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John Ratzenberger, star of “Cheers” and voice actor for the “Toy Story” series, spoke to Fox News Digital about his support for former President Donald Trump, saying he knew how important it was for America to come back. He said he was a builder. In manufacturing and skilled labor jobs.

Mr. Ratzenberger, who has made a living as a carpenter for many years in between acting roles, said the 2024 presidential candidate is among the many American manufacturing and blue-collar workers (or “essential workers,” as Ratzenberger likes to call them). He also explained why he thinks he has received support. . ”

“Because he knows how to make things,” Ratzenberger asserted.

“Don’t forget what he did before he went on TV and ran for president. He built buildings, so he was in charge of saying, ‘We need more glaziers, bricklayers, carpenters, electricians.’ ‘And that’s what he’s been working on his whole life,’ he said.

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Actor John Ratzenberger told Fox News Digital that part of the reason he supports former President Trump is because Trump values ​​America’s skilled workers and “knows how to make things.” Told. (1. Pool 2. MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images / Contributor)

The actor added: “So he probably knows better than anyone — and that’s one of the reasons I’m a fan of his — that we’re running out of people like that, and that’s putting our civilization at risk. It means there is,” he added.

As Ratsneberger pointed out, both he and Trump value skilled labor and see a current shortage of workers with manufacturing skills. He went so far as to say that there is a general lack of experience in building and repairing things among the younger generation. it’s a serious problem For the future of the country.

“For the last 20 years, I’ve been going around the country, going twice to anyone who will listen, to really big organizations, to Congress, and making a clarion call and saying, ‘Folks, we have to wake up. “I must,” he declared.

The current manufacturing and skilled labor shortage in the United States has reached a crisis point, especially in the post-COVID-19 years.

according to 2024 report According to Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute (MI), manufacturing will need an additional 3.8 million workers between 2024 and 2033 as current employees retire or change jobs and new roles emerge in the industry. It is expected that However, that need may only be partially met.

The report predicts that up to half, or 1.9 million jobs, could go unfilled if manufacturers fail to address skills and applicant shortages. Failure to fill these jobs could jeopardize companies’ prospects for achieving their future growth plans and undermine the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.

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“Cheers” cast members Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, Kelsey Grammer, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt will appear at the makeshift Bull & Finch Pub during the Emmy Awards. (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)

“But that’s my concern: civilization could be shattered again and ground to a halt because we neglect to teach our children how to use tools,” Ratzenberger added. He noted how shocked he was to see the people. I’ve even seen 30 and 40 year olds who don’t know how to hang pictures on the wall. ”

The actor explained his view that this happened because Americans “started to look up at people who work with their hands.”

Much of this cultural change is due to life becoming “easier,” he said.

“So the easier things are and the fewer people need to do those things, the less we’ve learned,” he explained, adding, “There are certainly a lot of helpless people today. is walking around,” he added.


The actor stressed that the country needs to improve its awareness of skilled workers, a term he himself refers to.

“I avoid the term blue-collar workers and just use essential workers,” Ratzenberger said, adding, “They are essential…all the elites at the top cannot function without essential workers.” Ta.