COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to today’s announcement that General Motors Co. plans to shutter its Lordstown plant:
“Today’s news that GM is shutting down its Lordstown plant, right in the middle of the holiday season, is a dagger in the heart of Ohio’s working people. It’s hard to watch when just a decade ago we were celebrating the return of thousands of good-paying, family-sustaining jobs with Chevy Cruzes rolling off the assembly line. When Ohio workers are given the opportunity, they can compete with workers anywhere in the world. GM should give the people of the Mahoning Valley that chance.
“We applaud the efforts of the United Auto Workers, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Congressman Tim Ryan in fighting to protect manufacturing jobs in the Buckeye State and call on all of our elected officials — particularly those who come here to throw campaign rallies — to show the same resolve in standing up for Ohio workers. Mike DeWine should make this a top priority immediately, not wait around until January for a meeting.”
Donald Trump came to the Mahoning Valley in July 2017 and told rally-goers, “Those jobs [that] have left Ohio, they’re coming back.” He added that “we’re going to fill those factories back up.”
In 2015, Trump was in Michigan when he was asked about President Barack Obama’s rescue of the American auto industry, and Trump said, “You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly.” He added, “You would have wound up in the same place” without the auto rescue.