In case you missed it… A former General Motors worker from Ohio is speaking out about Donald Trump’s broken promises this week as Trump’s approval rating in the Buckeye State continues in negative territory, according to the latest Morning Consult monthly tracking poll.
The poll shows Trump’s net approval rating in Ohio is now -6 after standing at +14 in January 2017. That’s a 20-point swing since he’s been in office.
Trump’s approval rating in Ohio is worse than in several potential swing states, including Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Texas.
One of the counties that Trump flipped in 2016 is Trumbull County — home to the now-shuttered GM Lordstown plant — and a former GM worker writes in the Akron Beacon Journal Monday that Trump’s “policies are causing irreparable damage to the very same people he campaigned to help.”
KEY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ABJ:
- Earlier this month, in Cincinnati, President Trump said, “Ohio is the most successful it’s ever been in the history of our country.” I could not help but laugh. I worked for General Motors for 12 years and a few months ago, I was making more than $30 per hour at GM’s Lordstown plant. Now, I am going to school to be an HVAC technician where I will make $15 per hour.
- GM runs in my bloodline. My father was a GM worker. So was my uncle and my cousin, and I, too, remain passionate about auto work. The area surrounding Lordstown is home to hard-working and close-knit people, but many of us in the Mahoning Valley already feel beat down.
- My coworkers and I received letters from GM that gave us the option of working at a plant more than nine hours away. We had five days to respond or we would lose our sub pay and health insurance. Many employees were forced to sell their homes, and others made the painful decision to leave their families in Ohio while they work hundreds of miles away. I declined the offer because I couldn’t leave my young daughter behind.
- President Trump told us at a rally in Youngstown not to sell our houses and to stay put, but I am selling my house, and many of us have been put in a position where we can’t afford to stay — thousands of people have already left our community. I had no option but to start over with a new trade where I will be making one-third of what I was making at GM.
- Trump focused his campaign on American manufacturing. He said the new tax bill was supposed to encourage businesses to invest in American workers. Since he was elected and the tax bill was passed, our shifts have been cut, and thousands of auto workers have been laid off.
- GM has used the massive windfall it received from the new tax law to buy back more stocks and expand production abroad while shutting multiple plants in North America.
- It turns out when people said Trump’s tax bill would incentivize companies to invest overseas, they were right. Almost all of the investment from American companies since has gone outside the country, and almost nothing here.
- The economic devastation of GM’s departure affects our entire community, and surrounding communities, for generations. Local businesses that have been here for decades have shut their doors because it does not make financial sense to stay here. Small business is at the economic heart of America. If we don’t have them, what do we have?
- Trump continues to tweet about our nation’s economic success, even as fears of a recession increase. He touted at a rally in Ohio that “our spirit is strong, our stride is back, and our stand is clear, we are finally putting America first,” but all I’ve experienced are higher taxes, the closure of the plant where I had worked for almost a decade, and possible bankruptcy. His policies are causing irreparable damage to the very same people he campaigned to help.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS FROM AXIOS:
- President Trump’s net approval rating has plunged in every key battleground state since taking office in January 2017, according to Morning Consult’s tracking poll.
- Why it matters: These are the states that Republicans and Democrats are vying for in 2020, and where, as of now, the campaigns think the presidential election will be decided, according to conversations with several Trump and Democratic campaign staffers.
- The bottom line: Both Republican and Democratic campaign aides privately acknowledge that they expect the election to be razor-thin in many of these states, just as it was in 2016.
- [T]he Democratic National Committee’s director of battleground state communications, David Bergstein, tells Axios that the Trump campaign “doesn’t have a realistic argument about their map”
Akron Beacon Journal: “John DeGarmo: Trump says Ohio has never been better. Why do I feel so beat down?”