Just The Facts: Trump’s Top 5 Broken Promises To Michiganders
December 17, 2019
Trump promised Michiganders “You’re Not Going To Lose Your Jobs,” But Factories Are Closing In Battle Creek
As Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and other members of the Trump campaign head to Michigan this week , here are the top 5 broken promises Trump has made to Michigan that voters will hold him accountable for:
Trump promised Michigan workers he’d bring back jobs, but in reality job growth has slowed and workers continue to struggle, including in Battle Creek where he will hold a rally on Wednesday.
PROMISE: “You’re not going to lose your jobs anymore. You’re not going to lose your jobs anymore. We are going to bring back the automobile in the state of Michigan bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before.” Trump Campaign Rally, Grand Rapids MI, 11/7/16
REALITY: “At least 70 people to lose jobs when Battle Creek factory closes.” MLive 4/5/19
REALITY: “But job growth has slowed sharply this year in Michigan, Pennsylvania and other states that were critical to Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016, as well as in states like Minnesota that he narrowly lost.” New York Times, 11/16/19
Trump promised he’d protect Medicare, but his proposed budget included massive cuts to the program.
PROMISE: Trump: “We will save and protect your Social Security and Medicare.” Trump Campaign Rally, Sterling Heights MI, 11/6/16
REALITY: “This budget proposes finding $845 billion in savings over 10 years from Medicare as we know it. But $269 billion of that figure is reclassified under the Department of Health and Human Services, bringing the Medicare cuts to $575 billion. As Vox explained, the administration says it will achieve these cost reductions by targeting wasteful spending and provider payments and lowering prescription drug costs.” Vox, 3/12/19
Trump promised a massive middle-class tax cut that never materialized as families struggle to get by.
PROMISE: “We will massively cut taxes for the middle class.” Trump Campaign Rally, Grand Rapids MI, 11/7/16
REALITY: “The GOP-Trump tax bill would raise taxes on low-and middle-income Michigan residents by 2027.” Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, 12/16/17
Trump promised to improve health care, but his agenda spikes costs and jeopardizes coverage protections for people with preexisting conditions.
PROMISE: “We’re going to absolutely terminate and replace Obamacare… It’s going to be terminated and it’s going to be replaced with something that’s going to be terrific and a lot less expensive and much better coverage.” Trump Campaign Rally, Cadillac MI, 3/4/16
REALITY: “On the Republican side, President Donald Trump approved a surprise decision to push for the complete elimination of the Affordable Care Act in the courts. If it succeeded, millions of Americans would lose private insurance or Medicaid coverage and the health care system would be thrown into chaos.” NBC News, 3/27/19
Trump promised to protect the Great Lakes, but year after year his proposed budgets have threatened massive cuts to the Great Lake Restoration Program.
PROMISE: “We will also work to restore and protect the Great Lakes.” Trump Campaign Rally, Warren MI, 10/31/16
REALITY: “President Donald Trump’s latest budget proposes a 5 percent reduction in non-defense spending, including a 90 percent cut for a popular Great Lakes cleanup program that bipartisan Michigan lawmakers pledged to fight… the third year in a row the Trump budget team proposed cuts to the program.” Detroit News, 3/11/19