The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade proposal may be dead, but a new fight is brewing over who successfully killed it off, and some liberals are arguing that Donald Trump shouldn’t get any of the credit.

“He did not stop TPP. That was the work of an international movement including millions … who fought for over six years,” said Ilana Solomon, director the Sierra Club’s responsible trade program, during a press conference call Wednesday.

But on the very same conference call, Jeffrey Sachs, economist and director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, said it was the Republican’s victory that doomed TPP. “It is being defeated ultimately because Donald Trump won the election,” Sachs said.

It is an awkward subject for the left, which generally despises Trump. Opposing the trade deal was a rare point of agreement between president-elect and liberal groups, and many of the left shudder at the idea that they now have him to thank.

They have tried to counter that thinking, issuing statements pushing the argument that Trump’s win wasn’t connected to TPP’s failure.

“The unremitting push by the Obama administration for the TPP right through this election helped to elect Donald Trump, but Trump has not derailed the TPP — people power united across borders did that,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s trade watch program.

Wallach and others point to the fact that TPP had been stalled in Congress well before the election heated up. The administration nevertheless had hoped — and many on the left feared — that TPP could be approved by post-election “lame duck” Congress.

The Friday after the election, the White House conceded after nearly two years of effort there was no hope to get the deal through Congress before the year’s end, and little hope that the next administration would take it up either.

As far as those who supported the deal are concerned, TPP would have had a much better chance of surviving if Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had won despite the fact that she too officially opposed the deal.

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“The conventional wisdom was that a President Clinton would have found a way to renegotiate some of the side agreements in TPP enough to give her wiggle room to support the deal,” said Scott Lincicome, a trade attorney and adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute.

TPP would have lowered tariffs and trade barriers between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. Getting it confirmed by Congress was a major part of President Obama’s economic agenda. He argued the deal was needed to prevent China from dominating the Pacific region economically.

Critics on the left, including labor unions, environmentalist groups and others, argued the deal would benefit corporations at the expense of American workers and the economy.

It was an argument that Trump agreed with and regularly used on the campaign trail, often in language that was strong even for him.

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country — just a continuing rape of our country. It’s a harsh word, but it’s true,” Trump said in July.

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Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton opposed it as well but was a late-comer to the fight. She had supported trade deals in the past and helped to negotiate TPP as Obama’s secretary of state. She initially supported it and her campaign was still telling reporters she may back it as recently as June 2015, according to emails hacked from the server of campaign manager John Podesta and published by Wikileaks.

Liberal opposition to the deal grew so fierce, however, that Clinton, who had spent months trying to avoid the issue, ultimately came out against it in October 2015.

In a leaked an Oct. 6, 2015 email, Nikki Budzinski, Clinton’s trade policy adviser, made clear that the main consideration behind the move was to secure union help during the election. “[T]his will be very helpful with mobilization on the ground and support within labor during and after this primary.”

The leaked emails also showed that Clinton’s reason for opposing the deal was entirely contrived. The campaign had decided that Clinton would claim that the final language in TPP was so bad she had to oppose it — even before that language had been made public. In an October 2015 email, Budzinski told other campaign staffers to hold off on announcing opposition until those details were released.

“We don’t have the language yet or much documentation to fall back that she will be able to credibly say she reviewed and then therefore weighed in on,” Budzinski warned.

Last July, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and close friend of the Clinton family, created a brief controversy at the Democratic National Convention when he said he expected that Clinton would back the deal after the election.

“I worry that if we don’t do TPP, at some point China’s going to break the rules — but Hillary understands this,” McAuliffe told Politico. “Once the election’s over, and we sit down on trade, people understand a couple things we want to fix on it but going forward we got to build a global economy.”

The Clinton campaign said McAuliffe was wrong and labor leaders like AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka vowed they were convinced Clinton would oppose the deal. But that incident and other factors made many doubt her conviction on the issue.

“It was an obvious political calculation. She tried to avoid the issue. With Trump, it was much more central to his campaign,” Lincicome said.

Liberal groups have argued that the administration’s push for the deal helped to elect Trump by alienating blue-collar Democrats.

“[I]t was not all racists and other haters who elected Trump. It was also a lot of working class voters who supported President Barack Obama twice. Hillary Clinton suffered her biggest losses in the places where Obama was strongest among white voters,” Wallach said.

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