While Donald Trump often gets credit for making the idea to reverse foreign trade deals popular with voters, H. Ross Perot was warning people about the "giant sucking sound" of American jobs being lost to Mexico 25 years before the president took office. Not only that, but the one-time presidential hopeful liked to use unconventional campaign strategies like infomercials.
Perot and Trump share similarities in several areas and not least was their ability to work the public. According to Yahoo!, the billionaire businessman launched his campaign on CNN while speaking with Larry King by saying that he would run if the public managed to get him on the ballot in every state in the U.S. They did, and he made good on his promise. It also made him the focus of popular culture, with Dana Carvey repeatedly playing a folksy Perot on Saturday Night Live.
During his campaign, he spent $72 million of his own money to get his face in front of the public, which ultimately earned him 19 percent of the popular vote in the election - the best result for a third party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt in 1912.
Perot and Trump also align in their approach to trade. Perot famously fought against the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was going into effect not long after his 1992 presidential campaign. He warned people that once it took effect, Americans would see their jobs being sucked into Mexico.