Republican nominee Donald Trump is selling his supporters a barrel of snake-oil about his ability to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. However, recently uncovered shipping documents reveal that Trump kept a fleet of ships busy importing over a thousand shiploads of overseas goods – mostly from China – which amounted to one delivery every three days for the last ten years!
Brands like Ivanka Trump’s G-III collection are listed, as well as the her line of Marc Fisher Footwear, with a specificity which can tell you exactly how many tons of cheap Chinese consumer goods the Trump Organization’s many ventures imported.
It’s a trove of data which reveals precisely what goods Trump is bringing to America on the cheap, running the gamut from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, to parts for Trump’s hotels, items for the Trump Towers, and much much more. The list spans from 2006 through the end of February 2016 and was obtained by the super PAC Democratic Coalition Against Trump (DCAT) through commercially available shipment tracking services.
“Trump says that he is going to bring jobs to this country, but he can’t even make his products in the United States,” said Scott Dworkin, senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition,”and as these shipping records show, the Trumps are huge shoppers in China for pretty much everything they market in America. Blatant hypocrisy is unacceptable from anyone, let alone from the Republican candidate for the highest office in our country.”
DCAT also noted in a lengthy report, that Trump’s merchant shippers conducted an extensive business with Iran during those years, which from 2010 until early this year were subject to embargo restrictions.
In a list this extensive, there’s bound to be a few irregularities, and that’s why we decided to provide the entire list to our readers and let them pore over the extensive documentation of Donald Trump’s massive, Chinese import-driven business. At the very least, these cold, hard facts should come as a wake-up call to Trump’s supporters about just how much business the Republican candidate is really conducting with China. Trump needed a virtual armada of foreign shippers to bypass American workers in the Midwest just so the Republican nominee could import everything on the cheap for big profits, while paying no income taxes. Donald Trump is not the answer American workers are looking for.
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Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.