But it also seems likely that the president benefits from average Americans having little idea what a tariff is. They never see that particular bill. They may notice higher prices, but how are Walmart shoppers to understand what role tariffs played in the price of auto parts used to fix their F-150? There’s a basic manipulation here that assumes that when Americans hear the words “China” and “tariffs,” they’ll just assume President Trump is putting the hurt on Xi Jinping and not on Uncle Joe, Aunt Jennifer or Cousin Mary. And, of course, it’s much worse than that. Higher prices and decreased consumer spending mean fewer jobs in the United States, too. Take General Motors layoffs, for example. That’s the reality of a complex and interconnected global economy: Hurt Chinese imports and we hurt our own economy, too. That’s a big reason why duties should always be the trade strategy of last resort.