Where Trump Broke Promises to Auto Workers, President Biden Is Keeping Them

Today, President Biden is heading to Michigan to join the picket line and stand in solidarity with the men and women of the UAW as they fight for a fair share of the value they helped create. When he does, President Biden’s strong record of delivering for auto workers will stand in stark contrast with former President Donald Trump’s string of broken promises, shuttered factories, and lost jobs.

Trump broke his promises to workers. On the campaign trail, he told auto workers they wouldn’t lose “one plant” under his watch, but in reality, plants shuttered their doors and auto companies laid off thousands of workers. 

MLive: “On the 2016 campaign trail in Warren, Trump pledged ‘you won’t lose one plant’ if he were elected. GM announced last year it would end production at five North American plants.”

NBC: “The president [Trump] said the jobs were ‘all coming back,’ but there’s more rough road ahead for U.S. auto industry, analysts warn. ‘If I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant. You’ll have plants coming into this country,” then-candidate Donald Trump said at a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan, in October, 2016. 

‘You’re going to have jobs again, you won’t lose one plant. I promise you. I promise you.’ 

And at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in July of last year, the president vowed to bring more factory jobs back to the area. ‘They’re all coming back,’ he told the crowd. ‘Don’t sell your house . . . We’re going to fill up those factories or rip them down and build new ones.’ 

On Monday, General Motors announced it was cutting 14,700 jobs in North America — including several thousand in Ohio and Michigan. That’s on top of thousands of jobs the company had already trimmed over the past two years.”

Under Trump, Michigan’s auto industry employment fell for the first time in a decade, and the auto boom he touted never materialized.

PolitiFact: “After rising for 10 years, Michigan auto industry employment fell on Trump’s watch, even before the coronavirus hit.”

New York Times: “Moreover, the top six automakers in the American market all reported declines from their April sales a year ago [in 2016], and in every case the falloff exceeded analysts’ forecasts.”

Trump himself said he could have let the auto companies go bankrupt in 2008, which would have led to massive amounts of job loss.

Washington Post: “‘You could have let it go, and rebuilt itself, through the free enterprise system,’ said Trump. ‘You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly, and rebuilt itself, and a lot of people felt it should happen.’”

After promising to bring American jobs back, Trump’s tax scam created incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas, lining the pockets of the ultra-wealthy and big corporations at the expense of the middle class. 

Washington Post: “Trump promised ‘America First’ would keep jobs here. But the tax plan might push them overseas.”

New York Times: “The bill that Mr. Trump signed, however, could actually make it attractive for companies to put more assembly lines on foreign soil.”

After four years of Trump’s disastrous MAGAnomics agenda, he left office with the worst jobs record of any American president since the Great Depression.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: When Trump left office, there were 170,000 fewer manufacturing jobs than when he started.

Washington Post: “Trump will have the worst jobs record in modern U.S. history. It’s not just the pandemic.”

Joe Biden has the jobs and pro-labor record Donald Trump wishes he could honestly claim. As the most pro-worker president in history, Biden has led a historic manufacturing boom to ensure things are made in America. Under his leadership, the economy has added over 800,000 manufacturing jobs, unemployment was brought to record lows, and more.

Axios: “The U.S. economy has added some 800,000 manufacturing jobs nationwide, a figure Biden hopes will boost his claim to have delivered on his promise to be a president — and create jobs — for all Americans.”

Yahoo News: “Under President Biden, however, a manufacturing boom finally seems to be getting started. Since the beginning of 2022, construction spending on new factories has more than doubled, from an annualized rate of $91 billion in January 2022 to $189 billion in April 2023, the latest data available. That’s the biggest jump, by far, in data going back to 2002.”

Fortune: “Biden’s massive manufacturing push is working and U.S. companies have already committed $200 billion to new projects”

The American Independent: “The U.S. economy has added more jobs during President Joe Biden’s term in office than it has in a single term under any of his predecessors, according to data released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

CNN: “Unemployment has been hovering near its lowest level in a half-century — roughly 3.5% — for the past 18 months. August marked the 32nd consecutive month of job growth.”