In case you missed it… Ahead of President Donald Trump’s big-dollar fundraiser yesterday in Wheeling, W.Va. — less than 100 miles from Lordstown, Ohio — Ohioans impacted by the closure of General Motors’ Lordstown plant called out Trump’s broken promises.
Wheeling Intelligencer: Displaced Lordstown GM Employees Disappointed With Trump
“In Wheeling, we’re standing in front of the Augustus Pollack memorial, a business owner succeeded by treating his workers equitably,” began Braylin Rushton, a former employee whose mother had also worked in the Lordstown plant.
“That’s a lesson that Donald Trump could learn from, first as a businessman and now as the head of state. … Two years ago tomorrow, Trump gave a speech making promises to the people of Mahoning Valley, and since then, he’s broken those promises time and time again.”
Trump had come to Youngstown on July 26, 2017 for the “Rally in the Valley,” where he had said their factories would once again be full of workers and that Ohio jobs would not be lost to hire in other countries.
“I said, those jobs have left Ohio. They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back. Don’t move, don’t sell your house,” Trump said. “After years and years of sending our jobs and wealth to other countries, we are finally standing up for our workers and for our companies.”
In December, Trump was interviewed on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime” by Harris Faulkner, where he expressed disappointment that General Motors had idled, and then planned to close, the plant, but that he was unconcerned with the loss of jobs, as he felt Ohio would rebound quickly.
“It doesn’t really matter because Ohio is under my leadership from a national standpoint,” Trump said. “Ohio’s going to replace those jobs like in two minutes. But I don’t that General Motors does that. And they’re going down to Mexico to make cars.”
Trump’s quote was on several signs held by protesters.
“I’m here today to say this: it matters. It really matters,” Rushton said. “It’s not just a slap in the face to all the loyal workers, but it’s a devastating ripple effect to all the local community, the businesses, the schools, and most importantly, the families.”
WATCH: Ahead of @realDonaldTrump‘s big-dollar fundraiser yesterday in Wheeling, https://t.co/31SlQIspG0. — less than 100 miles from Lordstown, Ohio — Ohioans impacted by the closure of GM’s Lordstown plant called out Trump’s broken promises. via @WTOV9 #SaveOhioJobs pic.twitter.com/n8qULGyCOv
— Ohio Dems (@OHDems) July 25, 2019
— Ohio Dems (@OHDems) July 25, 2019
Today is the two-year anniversary of Trump’s Youngstown speech in which he told the people of the Mahoning Valley, “Those jobs [that] have left Ohio, they’re coming back. They’re all coming back. Don’t move, don’t sell your house.” Ohio Democrats are holding a news conference today at the now-shuttered Northside Regional Medical Center in Youngstown to remind the president of his promises to the Valley.
Trump said to a crowd of about 7,000 at the Covelli Centre on July 25, 2017: “I rode through your beautiful roads coming up from the airport, and I was looking at some of those big, once incredible job-producing factories, and my wife, Melania, said, ‘What happened?’ I said, ‘Those jobs have left Ohio.’
“They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back. Don’t move. Don’t sell your house. … Do not sell it. We’re going to get those values up. We’re going to get those jobs coming back, and we’re going to fill up those factories or rip them down and build brand new ones. It’s going to happen.”
Since then, Northside closed, the GM complex in Lordstown idled – which caused other companies on its supply chain to go out of business – and The Vindicator announced it would shut down Aug. 31.
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It was less than 14 months after Trump’s speech on July 25, 2017, at the downtown arena that Northside closed on Sept. 20, 2018, taking with it hundreds of jobs from the area. About two months later, on Nov. 26, 2018, General Motors announced it would close four U.S. plants, including the plant in Lordstown, severing more than 1,200 jobs at the factory that already had experienced substantial job loss in the elimination of two production shifts. The plant closed March 6.