President-elect Donald Trump has been proclaiming himself the savior of American jobs, claiming sole responsibility for protecting manufacturing jobs in the Rust Belt. He has been talking himself up for weeks, fraudulently taking credit for decisions made long before his election. In reality, Trump will take the oath of office on Friday, the same day that 2000 General Motors (GM) employees are set to be laid off.
Instead of driving jobs and wealth away, AMERICA will become the world’s great magnet for INNOVATION & JOB CREATION.https://t.co/siXrptsOrt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
Thank you to General Motors and Walmart for starting the big jobs push back into the U.S.!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017
In Lordstown, Ohio almost one in three of the few remaining employees at the GM manufacturing plant will lose their jobs for good. The plant used to provide 15,000 jobs in the late 1980s, and it will be down to just over 3,000 on Friday. In Lansing, Michigan around 800 jobs will be lost. This is not part of a series of layoffs. In fact, if Trump actually intends to take responsibility for what is happening in industry, he should own up to the fact that GM’s first layoffs in six years are occurring at the same time as his inauguration. If he can take credit for things he had nothing to
If Trump was truly inspiring confidence in the manufacturing sector, surely companies would hold on to their employees into his Administration. If Trump was really a champion of the working class he would acknowledge the suffering of Lordstown and Lansing. Instead Trump will ascend to the White House, moving from one mansion to another, and ignore the people he claims to represent because their plight does not suit his power hungry agenda.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.