While Donald Trump vows to put American workers first, his actions speak louder than words. Trump’s entire campaign platform is a series of contradictions and lies that somehow his rabid supporters have turned a blind eye to, passing off all evidence of his opportunistic mendacity as simply a liberal smear campaign or a plot by party elites to discredit the insurgent demagogue.
But the…wall of evidence that indicates that Trump is a liar, a fraud, and a hypocrite is being built faster than it can be torn down. Trump’s convoluted economic platform revolves primarily around blaming the Chinese for usurping American jobs and for devaluing their currency. “They’ve taken our jobs, they’ve taken our money, they’ve taken everything” railed Trump at a recent rally. His harsh immigration stance similarly is rooted in the unfounded idea that American jobs are being lost to illegal immigrants.
Which makes it hard for Trump to explain how he financed the construction of a Trump Tower in New Jersey using $50 million raised from Chinese investors seeking residency visas through the controversial EB-5 program. Trump recently announced an abrupt flip-flop on his immigration stance for skilled immigrants, saying at a March 3rd debate that “I’m changing it, and I’m softening the position because we need to have talented people in this country.”
This makes his use of EB-5 visa applicants to fund his project even more problematic, because there are a great deal of concerns about that program.
bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-03-07/trump-tower-financed-by-rich-chinese-who-invest-cash-for-visas”>reported that “applicants are sometimes cleared in less than a month and the critics say the government is essentially selling visas to wealthy foreigners with no proven skills, paving the way for money laundering and compromising national security.”
Not only is Trump’s exploitation of the EB-5 visa program a contradiction to his entire platform, he is aiding and abetting the corrupt and unfair privileges that the monied Chinese elites enjoy at the expense of exploited Chinese workers. Trump has condemned the “rampant, widespread” abuse of temporary visas for skilled workers and promises to “institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program” – but has been a major contributor to that abuse himself. Since 2000, Trump’s businesses have imported 1,100 immigrant workers on temporary visas to provide cheap labor.
He has even defended the practice of outsourcing jobs overseas in the past: “I know that doesn’t make it any easier for people whose jobs have been outsourced overseas, but if a company’s only means of survival is by farming jobs outside its walls, then sometimes it’s a necessary step. The other option might be to close its doors for good.” It’s a stark contrast to today, when he has made the myth that the American economy is losing jobs (actually unemployment is at the lowest it’s been in eight years).
What is Trump’s response to his outrageous hypocrisy? He blames “the market” and “business regulations” and “currency devaluation,” huge generalizations that are taken at face value by a voter base with a very poor grasp on reality itself, let alone the economic concepts that drive global capitalism. We must not allow him to shield himself in ignorance; every hypocrisy and contradiction must be shoved in his face until the American people accept the fact that he is a self-serving plutocrat no more trustworthy than the establishment Republicans they have so resoundingly rejected.