ICYMI: While Pence Poses For Photo Op, Democrats Slam Trump’s Betrayal Of Ohio Workers

ZANESVILLE — While Mike Pence parachuted into Zanesville for a photo op yesterday, Democrats and labor leaders called out Donald Trump’s nearly four years of broken promises to working Ohioans. See for yourself:

Columbus Dispatch: Ahead of Pence visit, Ohio Democrats, union leaders talk about betrayal of workers. “Democrats and union leaders dismiss Vice President Mike Pence’s ‘Workers for Trump’ event Wednesday in Zanesville as ‘another photo op’ from a Republican administration that has ignored Ohio workers. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, and three union leaders spoke at an online news conference Tuesday to claim that President Donald Trump and Pence have allowed Ohio’s working men and women to suffer on their watch. ‘In Ohio, we feel Donald Trump has betrayed us, betrayed the workers,’ Ryan said ahead of Pence’s planned campaign event as the Nov. 3 choice of Trump or Democrat Joe Biden grows nearer.”

  • “Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper brought up Trump’s claim at a Toledo rally early this year at which he bragged, ‘Ohio just had the best year economically in the history of your state.’ As Cropper accurately pointed out, Ohio’s gain of 3,700 jobs last year, or 0.7%, was the worst since 2009 when the state lost nearly 5% of its jobs amid the Great Recession. She said Trump has ‘declared war’ on Ohio workers.”

  • “Rick Nixon, chairman of the Goodyear unit of United Steelworkers Union Local 2L, said the tire company’s employees ‘work hard and they don’t deserve to have their livelihoods threatened because Donald Trump didn’t like something he saw on Twitter.’”

  • “Steelworkers Local 2L President Jack Hefner ridiculed Trump suggestions he saved the auto industry, pointing to examples of auto companies opening plants in other countries while American plants like GM Lordstown closed.”

Columbus Dispatch: “‘President Trump and Vice President Pence continue to betray Ohio’s workers and families — from misleading them about the pandemic, to telling tales of imaginary auto industry gains, to calling for the boycott of a company that employs thousands. Ohioans know that Trump and Pence have failed them — and that they still have no plan to get us through a pandemic that has sickened more than 135,000 Ohioans, killed over 4,000, and left far too many without a job,’ said Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for Biden, in a prepared statement.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: “‘Ohioans don’t need Mike Pence parachuting into Zanesville,’ said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. ‘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.’”

WBNS: “We are 48 days away from the November election, and the Trump administration is holding these ‘Workers for Trump’ rallies as a way to show that it supports the labor movement, despite the fact that some union workers feel like the president has betrayed them. They point to the closing of the Lordstown GM plant as an example, as well as his boycott of Goodyear.”

Toledo Blade: “Democrats have criticized Mr. Trump’s proclamation during a recent Michigan visit that new auto plants have been built in Ohio during his administration, when no new plants have been built and, in fact, Lordstown had closed and is being filled with a much smaller operation. Just three years ago, the Lordstown assembly plant employed about 4,500 to manufacture GM’s Chevrolet Cruze.”

  • WSYX: Democrats React to VP’s Visit. “Some Democrats are already speaking about the event. [Rep. Tim Ryan]: ‘He goes around and pretends that there are these imaginary auto plants that he helped create. So, enough is enough. We’re tired of the insults. We’re tired of him ignoring us.’”

  • WTOV: Dems on VP Pence Visit. “A representative of Biden for President Ohio saying the economy isn’t booming and people aren’t working. [Former U.S. Rep. Zack Space]: ‘He’s here to talk about ‘Workers for Trump,’ but the truth is there are 1.7 million Ohioans that are not working right now in this economy.’ The former congressman saying workers here in Ohio are losing jobs to China — the closure of the Lordstown plant and Trump’s call to boycott Ohio-based Goodyear Tire not helping. [Rep. Space]: ‘He’s been there for four years almost, and our trade deficit is wider now than it was when he took over.’”

  • WTAP: “But Biden supporters don’t share the sentiment. [Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney]: ‘Nothing short of an abject failure — the concept that he’s wanted to play it down as opposed to respond swiftly and accordingly and lead the country. I think we all know we would be in a better situation if he had supported masks earlier.’”

  • WCMH: “[Rep. Tim Ryan]: ‘We lost 4,000 workers out at the General Motors plant. A lot of those workers feel like the president betrayed them. I tried to get a hold of the president — Sherrod Brown — we sent letters. The head of the union. He ignored all of us. And then when the final jobs left, he blamed the head of the union. […] The president made a lot of promises. He told people in Youngstown, ‘Don’t sell your house.’ He didn’t do that, and then he took on Goodyear and basically tried to organize a boycott — as president of the United States — of Goodyear. So, workers are starting to really understand that this president has betrayed them and is not on their side.”

  • WSYX: “Well, today the Biden campaign is reacting to the vice president’s visit with a statement that reads in part: ‘President Trump and Vice President Pence continue to betray Ohio’s workers and families — from misleading them about the pandemic, to telling tales of imaginary auto industry gains, to calling for the boycott of a company that employs thousands. […] Ohioans deserve a president who will implement a science-backed plan to end the pandemic, make ‘Made in America’ a reality, and build our economy back better than ever before.’”

  • WKBN: “The Biden for President campaign issued this statement about the vice president’s visit: ‘In Joe Biden, Ohioans will get a president who governs through the eyes of workers, not one who puts the interests of the super wealthy and well-connected before all else.’”

  • WJW: “And of course, we did reach out to Joe Biden’s campaign for a statement in response to Pence’s visit, and it reads in part: ‘Ohioans deserve a president who will implement a science-backed plan to end the pandemic, make ‘Made in America’ a reality, and build our economy back better than ever before. In Joe Biden, Ohioans will get a president who governs through the eyes of workers, not one who puts the interests of the super wealthy and well-connected before all else.’”

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