Ahead of Mike Pence’s appearance in Zanesville today, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper released the following statement:
“Today’s photo op would be laughable if it weren’t so insulting to the millions of working Ohioans who have been left behind by Donald Trump’s nearly four years of broken promises. Mike Pence can’t spin the reality — Trump promised to bring jobs back to Ohio, failed to deliver, then used his bully pulpit to undermine even more Ohioans’ livelihoods. He promised that the coronavirus was ‘totally under control,’ then allowed the virus to spread while lying about the dangers facing the American people.
“Ohioans don’t need Mike Pence parachuting into Zanesville. We need a president who’s prepared to lead us out of this crisis and build us back better. That leader is Joe Biden, and this November, Ohioans are sending him to the White House.”
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES TO OHIO
Promise: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” [CNBC Interview, Jan. 22, 2020]
Reality: After Trump wasted time ignoring his own advisors and downplaying the coronavirus pandemic, the United States leads the world with over 6.5 million cases and more than 190,000 deaths. In Ohio alone, nearly 140,000 people have contracted the virus, and 1.7 million have filed for unemployment since the outbreak began.
Promise: “We are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.” [Oval Office Address, March 11, 2020]
Reality: Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Trump and the Republican Party are attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act — endangering health coverage for 741,000 Ohioans and threatening protections for as many as 5 million Ohioans with preexisting conditions.
Reality: Even as experts warned of a coming pandemic, Trump sent record shipments of N95 masks overseas. And as the virus spread, Trump’s testing “strategy” only aimed to provide tests for 2 percent of Ohioans.
Promise: “Those jobs have left Ohio. They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back. Don’t move. Don’t sell your house. Don’t sell your house.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Youngstown, July 25, 2017]
Reality: Trump called for a boycott on Goodyear tires, undermining thousands of Ohioans’ livelihoods. His attacks drew widespread condemnation from workers, community leaders and even LeBron James — but no defense from Ohio Republicans.
Reality: Last year was Ohio’s worst year for job creation since 2009 — the height of the Great Recession. From January 2019 to January 2020 — even before the coronavirus crisis hit and decimated the economy — Ohio lost 12,500 jobs, including 6,000 jobs in manufacturing.
Promise: ““Many plants are being built right now — auto plants — in Michigan, just like I said. They’re being built in Ohio, they’re being built in South Carolina, North Carolina, they’re being built all over and expanded at a level that we’ve never seen before.” [White House Press Conference, Sept. 7, 2020]
Reality: The Washington Post’s fact checker awarded Trump’s claim “four Pinocchios” and noted, “There are no new plants in Ohio.”
Promise: “We’re going to take care of our farmers. Our farmers are great American patriots.” [Ohio Republican Party State Dinner, Columbus, Aug. 24, 2018]