Donald Trump’s grasp on reality is tenuous enough as it is; his petulant refusal to fact-check his statements is finally starting to haunt him. After consistently berating Ford Motors for their decision to build an auto plant in Mexico in his campaign “speeches”, he is now attempting to take credit for their decision to move the plant back to Ohio – except that decision was made four years ago, in 2011. Trump took to Twitter yesterday to boast about the move, which he had apparently only just learned about.
Ford was not amused. “Ford has not spoken with Mr. Trump, nor have we made any changes to our plans. We decided to move the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to Ohio Assembly in 2011, long before any candidates announced their intention to run for U.S. president” said a spokesman.
While Trump has promised to “bring jobs back to America,” he has not practiced what he preaches in his business practices. “For Trump to operate, outsource and invest globally while criticizing companies like Ford for doing the same is the ultimate hypocrisy. To be fair to Ford, Trump should either agree to impose a 35% tax on Trump Collection clothing and agree to stop investing overseas, or he should stop his threats against Ford for operating as a global carmaker” slammed economics professor Mark Perry.
Trump wasn’t even referring to the right deal. The return of the truck production he is attempting to take credit for was actually arranged by Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, who “negotiated with Ford for the jobs and secured $15 million in tax breaks for the automaker over 15 years, to entice Ford into keeping the jobs in Avon Lake.” The deal that Trump is actually referring to involves $2.5 billion in new engine and transmission plants in Chihuahua and Guanajuato, creating 3,800 jobs and taking advantage of lax Mexican labor laws and low trade tariffs.
Trump’s career in economics and business, the only “qualification” he can offer, was started by a “small loan” given to him by his father – for the meager sum of a million dollars. Since then, he has filed for bankruptcy four times after inheriting hundreds of millions from his father after he passed away. He may have risen to the top of the Republican field on the back of his lies and delusional fabrications, but they will only take him so far- a fact manifesting itself as you read, as he slips in the polls to the soft-voiced but just as dangerously misinformed Ben Carson – who has made a name for himself saying equally atrocious things. It really goes to show just how little substance the Republican Party has to offer, and why they don’t deserve a place in our political discourse.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.