It seems like a lifetime ago when Sam Wurzelbacher, aka ‘Joe the Plumber,’ became a symbol of frustration amongst the Republican Party.

The year was 2008, and then Senator’s Barack Obama and John McCain, were only a month away from battling it out in the general election.  Senator Obama made a stop in Ohio where he had the privilege of meeting Sam, who asked the presidential hopeful about his small business tax plans because he was flirting with the idea of buying a plumbing business.

Senator Obama’s pompous and condescending response to Sam was “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” (Questions Over Obama Off Cuff Remark)  Unknowingly, Obama unleashed a monster; inadvertently giving the Republican Party a literal face for his ‘future’ failed small business taxation.  Once media outlets released the videotape, the Republican Party donned Sam as ‘Joe the Plumber’ and, as they say, the rest is history.

Let’s fast forward nearly two presidential terms and one president later, where this week, Republican nominee Donald Trump gave a calculated speech on trade at the former Osram Sylvania Building in Manchester, New Hampshire where the plant was closed and “139 workers went to Mexico, they also went to China.” (Watch Trump Brings Man Up On Stage Who Was Forced To Train His Foreign Replacement)

It was then that the presidential hopeful explained, “I want to introduce a man that’s worked here for many years, Mike.  And Mike actually had the distinct lack of honor of training people from Mexico to take his job.”  (Watch Trump Brings Man Up On Stage Who Was Forced To Train His Foreign Replacement)  Trump went on further saying, “he took a large group of people, he trained them, they’re right down in Mexico, the company moved to Mexico, he trained the people that took his job.”  (Watch Trump Brings Man Up On Stage Who Was Forced To Train His Foreign Replacement)

Look carefully amongst corporations and you can see the blatant abuse of programs like H-1B which is a non-immigrant visa under the Immigration and Nationality Act that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.  What they won’t tell you, though, is that blue-collar, hard-working Americans may be training some of those immigrants to take their jobs.  And what choice do hard-working Americans like Mike really have?  Swallow your pride and train your replacement, because a paycheck is a paycheck.

Mike then took the podium saying, “I just like to say that I back Donald Trump 100 percent. America can be great again if we just give it that one good try.  For all it’s worth, this place used to be a place I called home, where my bread and butter was. I continue to work and prosper but however, it’s just heartbreaking… to see the jobs go to Mexico and outside the country. I like to see Donald Trump make America great again.” (Watch Trump Brings Man Up On Stage Who Was Forced To Train His Foreign Replacement)

What’s most endearing and resonant about Mike’s words–other than ‘one good try’ as if he’s evoking ‘the old college try’–is that he’s not bitter or angry, but truly heartbroken.  Mike’s humility, given his and the other 138 employees’ predicament, should be as heartbreaking to us, his fellow Americans, as it is to him.

After Mike finished speaking, Trump thanked him and said, “We’ll get things moving and we’ll get them changed.” (Watch Trump Brings Man Up On Stage Who Was Forced To Train His Foreign Replacement) And who better to take on the challenge of bringing back corporate businesses to America than one of the most successful business minds that we have to offer?  That person certainly isn’t the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Now all we have to do is don a nickname for Mike as we did for ‘Joe the Plumber.’

‘Mike the Builder?’

Tell us what nickname you think we should give him in the comments below!