Donald Trump was bragging this morning about being the reason for Fiat-Chrysler’s announcement that they are investing a billion dollars and adding 2000 jobs in Michigan and Ohio. Turns out, that was hardly the case. In fact, it is such a weak case that MSNBC host Chris Hayes only needed exactly 52 seconds to explain the whole thing and summarily take it down.
The simple fact is, Trump had nothing to do with the Fiat’s decision. The decision was made in 2009, to begin with. Second, in case you were under the impression that the investment was an act of pure benevolence, you would be mistaken. The truth is, it was negotiated for, by a union. Namely, the United Auto Workers in 2008. This, as Hayes reports, from Fiat’s own spokesperson.
What actually happened is that the U.A.W. specifically negotiated for this investment and job creation. Trump thanked himself and Fiat for the jobs in his tweet, but if someone wanted to thank the right people for this — thank a union. That would be much more appropriate, not to mention accurate.
Check out Hayes’s quick and efficient takedown below;
Why did Trump want to brag about this? Besides Trump’s penchant for taking credit for everything good in the world, seemingly, the final Obama jobs report was released today. What did it show? It showed President Obama has an unprecedented record of job growth at 75 months. Unemployment is now down at 4.7 percent. That is less than half of where it was at the peak of the great recession, the unfortunate economy President Obama inherited in 2008 when everything was in freefall and we were losing about 700,000 jobs a month.
Wages as well are growing at a rate that hasn’t been seen in over seven years, before the great recession that Obama inherited from George Bush.
Many would call that a heck of a turnaround.
Featured image via screen capture from the above video.