ICYMI — Ohio Democrats Call Out Donald Trump’s Broken Promises

In case you missed it… Ahead of Donald Trump’s rally tonight in Toledo, Ohio Democrats called out Trump’s broken promises and failed policies, highlighting how the Buckeye State has lost more than 4,000 jobs since January 2019, the state’s uninsured rate is going up and manufacturing is at its lowest level since 2009.

In the Toledo Blade:

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said there was only one reason for the president to visit Ohio so much during his last campaign and come back to the state to kick off his 2020 campaign.

“Our state is in play,” he said.

Mr. Pepper was part of a group of Democratic leaders, candidates for office, and local stakeholders who came together mid-morning Thursday for a news conference to highlight what he calls President Trump’s broken promises and failed policies.

Jobs — specifically in manufacturing and agriculture — education, healthcare, and trade have all been negatively affected by the president’s policies, Mr. Pepper said, and Ohioans specifically have been forced to bear the consequences.

State Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D., Toledo) said medical costs for many families have gone up despite President Trump’s promise to lower healthcare prices. Thousands of Ohioans — including children — have also lost access to health insurance, she said.

Sheena Barnes, Toledo Public Schools board member, emphasized the debt that many graduates are under and how that’s stagnating the progress they could be making.

“Ohio graduates can’t focus on the future if they can’t pay for it,” she said.

David Thimlar, with UAW local 1181, said President Trump promised Ohioans that their manufacturing jobs wouldn’t be going anywhere and nobody would have to sell their house.

“What we’ve seen instead is the Lordstown community,” he said, referencing the Lordstown Assembly plant, which ended operations in March.

When manufacturing jobs disappear, the entire community is affected, Mr. Thimlar said, adding workers who stimulated the economy by spending money at local businesses now either can’t because they’re out of work or end up leaving the area.

“I’m lucky. I’m still at work,” he said. “These families (in Lordstown) are not that lucky.”

This afternoon Pepper spoke with WAKR’s Jasen Sokol about how Trump’s failed policies are hurting Ohio:

In Ohio, the truth is we aren’t doing as well as we were. The economy has slowed down. We’re about to lose jobs for the first year … if December is on par with all the other months … it’ll be the first year of job loss since the Great Recession in 2009.

And so I think part of the re-election of an incumbent is a referendum, and whether it’s manufacturing or farms or health care, the Trump policies — to the extent you can even call them that — are not working here. And in many cases, towns are suffering because of it.

Before Trump’s speech, the Columbus Dispatch is fact-checking some of his claims about the economy:

While Trump can legitimately cite many numbers that show the economy is robust, job creation in Ohio is not one of them. The official tally later this month is expected to show that the state lost jobs in 2019, the state’s worst year since it started adding jobs in 2010 after the end of the Great Recession.

Ohio has fewer jobs today than it did in the year 2000. Currently, job growth in Ohio ranks 39th out of 50 states, according to the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University.

As in the rest of the state, jobs are down in the Toledo area, dropping 3,000 (0.1%) from November 2018 to November 2019, the latest statistics available from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Democrats already are pushing back on what they say are Trump’s failed promises. Most frequently cited was his July 2017 advice in Youngstown: “Those jobs (that) have left Ohio, they’re coming back. They’re all coming back. Don’t move, don’t sell your house.”

Less than two years later, GM shut down its nearby Lordstown production facility. A new company is setting up shop in the sprawling plant, but is not offering anything close to the jobs that were there before.

In a September 2016 visit to Toledo, Trump promised “a new dawn for the American worker.”

He predicted: “New factories will come rushing onto our shores … we will make American very, very wealthy again.”

In Sunday’s Toledo Blade, Pepper wrote:

President Trump keeps coming to Ohio, while jobs keep leaving the Buckeye State. Mr. Trump made five visits here in 2019, and he’s coming to Toledo this week for his first campaign stunt of 2020 — even as more than 4,000 jobs have disappeared from the state since January.

It’s clear why President Trump keeps returning to Ohio: Our state is in play because of his broken promises and failed policies.

When the final numbers are in, it’s likely that 2019 will have been the first year since 2009, the height of the Great Recession, that Ohio lost jobs, and Mr. Trump’s disastrous trade war by tweet has been a major reason why.


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