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Monday, December 09, 2019

Betrayed: Steelworkers Say They’re ‘Worse Off’ Because Of Trump

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

Donald Trump never tires of taking credit for President Barack Obama’s economy — even if most Americans disagree — but the promises he made to “forgotten” Americans have been nothing but failures.

One group that has been particularly hurt by Trump’s broken promises is steelworkers, whom Trump has repeatedly and ostentatiously shafted.

Now, United Steelworkers union president Leo Gerard is speaking out against Trump, telling CNN that his membership is “hugely frustrated” with Trump’s failures.

“There’s been no action that has done anything to protect and defend American jobs,” Gerard said. “In some cases we’re worse off now than we were then.”

It was also another United Steelworkers leader, Chuck Jones, who was personally attacked for calling out Trump’s epic Carrier failure. Mike Pence, while he was still governor of Indiana, directed a $7 million bribe to Carrier in December 2016, in the form of tax cuts, but that bribe has only resulted in several rounds of layoffs, including another 215 Carrier workers who lost their jobs this month.

But steelworkers are not alone in being abandoned by Trump. Despite pitching himself heavily as a savior to coal miners, his first year in office saw only 370 net coal jobs created. Trump oversaw the outsourcing of a quarter of a million jobs, and the slowest job growth in six years.

The reality of Trump’s promises dawned on many voters after it was too late, but the midterms are coming, and the people Trump has truly forgotten will soon have a chance to remind Republicans of his failures.

PHOTO: Cranes are seen above piles of steel pipes at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China. REUTERS/China Daily/File Photo

 

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