Trump Promised To Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs. Instead, He Left Midwestern Workers Behind

As Donald Trump returns to the Midwest – a region that bled jobs under his presidency – to cozy up to his wealthy friends, DNC spokesperson Stephanie Justice released the following statement: 

“On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vows to revitalize America’s manufacturing industry – however, working families suffered under his presidency as factory after factory shut down under his watch as he created incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas. The industrial Midwest deserves better than more of Trump’s broken promises. President Biden’s record of bringing tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs back to the region and delivering for our workers is a harsh split screen with Trump’s history of only looking out for himself and his billionaire buddies that he’ll be cozying up to today.”

Trump never delivered on his promises to workers and oversaw the closing of multiple manufacturing plants across the Midwest.

Rolling Stone: “[Trump] came to Youngstown in 2017 for one of his rallies and promised an economic renaissance in the area, urging Youngstown residents to stick around, the jobs were all coming back.

The exact opposite happened. In April 2018, GM cut the second shift. Shortly after the midterm elections, GM delivered the death sentence: The plant would close for good in the spring of 2019.

PBS: “‘He lied,’ said Trish Amato, who worked at a General Motors plant in the area that stopped production earlier this year. ‘He told everybody it’s all coming back,’ said Amato. ‘It’s not. It’s harder and harder to find a job.’”

CNN: “General Motors’ 78-year-old transmission plant in Warren, Michigan is halting production this week.

Washington Post: “Trump promised this Wisconsin town a manufacturing boom. It never arrived.

Trump consistently insulted workers, their companies, and their unions.

News 5 Cleveland: “Goodyear workers and city leaders rally against President Trump after call to boycott top Akron employer

The Detroit News: “He told The News on Wednesday that GM and Chrysler could have been saved without government bailouts. ‘I think it would have worked out the other way, too,’ Trump said. ‘It would have been a free-market deal.’”

Trump: “I’m telling you, you shouldn’t pay those [union] dues.

Trump incentivized companies to ship jobs overseas and left Midwestern workers in the dust. 

Bloomberg: “The Offshoring of U.S. Jobs Increased on Trump’s Watch

Reuters: “How offshoring rolled along under Trump, who vowed to stop it”

“Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency four years ago, in part, by a promise to Midwest factory workers that he would stop companies like Schneider Electric SE from moving jobs out of the country. He didn’t stop them.

The Guardian: “’He pulled the wool over our eyes’: workers blame Trump for moving jobs overseas”

“Promises to save US manufacturing and prevent American jobs moving abroad were a key part of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. But since Trump took office in January 2017, nearly 200,000 jobs have been moved overseas, based on Trade Adjustment Assistance certified petitions.

Trump owns the worst jobs record in modern American history.

Fortune: “Trump to leave office with the worst jobs record since Herbert Hoover”

Washington Post: “President Trump took office at the crest of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. He leaves presiding over the worst labor market in modern U.S. history, as an already-sputtering economic recovery has turned negative.

Bloomberg: “Trump’s Jobs Record Fell Short of Promises Even Before the Virus