FRAUD FLASHBACKS: Vance Blamed Ohioans For Their Jobs Being Shipped To China
April 28, 2022
Columbus, OH — Before he decided to run for U.S. Senate, J.D. Vance deflected blame from President Barack Obama and bad trade deals, and argued that Ohioans should take personal responsibility for decades of disinvestment and economic hardship in the state.
In 2016, Vance trashed Ohioans in Hillbilly Elegy, writing, “We talk about the value of hard work, but tell ourselves that the reason we’re not working is some perceived unfairness: (Barack) Obama shut down the coal mines or all the jobs went to the Chinese. These are the lies we tell ourselves to solve the cognitive dissonance.”
While J.D. Vance had no problem demeaning and disparaging the place he came from in pursuit of fame, or collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars for book royalties and a cushy Netflix deal, his narrative no longer aligns with his political aspirations. So in typically fraudulent fashion, J.D. Vance can’t explain why he blamed Ohioans for their jobs being shipped to China.
When asked about his past comments yesterday by The Vindicator’s David Skolnick, Vance tied himself into a pretzel trying to explain his comments. He said, “On the one hand, we have to have personal responsibility, whatever the circumstances are in our life…So you have to have two thoughts in your head at the same time. You can believe in personal responsibility and also believe that our leaders really screwed up.” For Vance, having two thoughts at the same time is standard operating procedure —a well-documented hedging strategy from a Silicon Valley venture capitalist seeking to have it both ways wherever he can.
“As soon as he had the chance, J.D. Vance left Ohio behind for California and made a fortune trashing Ohioans and even blaming workers for jobs outsourced to China. Maybe if Vance spent more time in Ohio, instead of chasing the approval of his fellow coastal elites, he’d understand the pain of thousands of workers across Ohio who lost their jobs and livelihoods,” said Michael Beyer, a spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.