President-elect Donald Trump continues to keep taking credit for “saving jobs” that he had absolutely nothing to do with – and the mainstream media is now openly enabling him. Ford Motors announced that they were going to be canceling the building of a $1.6 billion auto plant in Mexico and instead invest $700 million in the Flat Rock Plant in Michigan, which would create 700 jobs. Trump, as he is wont to do, immediately claimed credit for it, trying desperately to convince his rust belt supporters that he is in fact magically bringing jobs back to America.
Thank you to Ford for scrapping a new plant in Mexico and creating 700 new jobs in the U.S. This is just the beginning – much more to follow
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
The CEO of Ford, however, quickly moved to shut him down. “We didn’t cut a deal with Trump. We did it for our business” said Ford CEO Mark Fields to NBC. “The bottom line is we’re not seeing the volume and the demand that we expected for that plant. We’re looking at our capacity and saying, ‘you know what, we can build that in an existing facility and use capacity that we already have.”
Fields then echoed what the CEO of General Motors said yesterday when Trump criticized him for building cars in Mexico – the bottom line is, Americans want to buy gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks. “Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen small cars markedly decline. Every year we’re looking at our capacity. We’re looking at our forecast for demand. It became very clear that we didn’t need this plant.”
The mainstream media, on the other hand, fell over themselves in their efforts to make it look like Trump’s criticism prompted the move and not market forces far beyond his control. It’s a perfect example of how the media will twist and distort the facts in order to create conflict and soak up those sweet ratings and clicks.
Don’t fall for the hype. Trump’s done nothing.
Here’s a video of the Ford CEO saying he didn’t cut a deal with Trump.
— New Day (@NewDay) January 4, 2017
Colin Taylor is the 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.