On September 14, 2016, Donald Trump traveled to Flint, Michigan and gave a speech at the Bethel United Methodist Church, in which he discussed the outsourcing of U.S. jobs to foreign nations.
“It used to be that cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint. That’s not good. That’s not good. It’s terrible.
“Flint is the birthplace of General Motors and once boasted the largest General Motors plant anywhere in the world by far. In 1970, General Motors employed 82,000 workers – 82,000 – and they were located in Flint. That’s a tremendous workforce. Now, there are less that 8,000 and 40% of the city’s residents are living in poverty. The 8,000 is dwindling, and that’ll be changed, like everything else.”
Of course, ever the entrepreneur himself, Donald Trump has stamped his brand upon a number of sundry different consumer goods such as clothing, drinking glasses, fashion accessories, bedding, cologne, spring water, wine, and vodka. Oddly enough, despite his displeasure at the outsourcing of U.S. manufacturing jobs to other countries, many of Trump’s products are made outside the United States. Specifically, although the bedding, cologne, spring water, wine, idiot hats that say “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” and some of the men’s suits are made in the U.S., the cufflinks are made in China, the vodka is distilled in the Netherlands, the crystal beverage glasses come from Slovenia, the shirts are manufactured in Bangladesh or in China, and some of the men’s suits are made in China, India or Mexico.
Trump also chided the Ford Motor Company in particular for outsourcing its manufacturing labor to Mexico to cut corners on the expense thereof:
“It was just announced that Ford is moving all small car production – all of it! 100 percent! – to Mexico over the next two to three years. It’s just happened. We shouldn’t allow it to happen. We shouldn’t allow it to happen. They’ll make their cars there, they’ll employ thousands and thousands of people not from this country, and they’ll sell the cars right through a very weak border, no tax, no nothing, and we’ll have nothing but more unemployment in Flint and in Michigan.”
Needless to say, for all of Donald Trump’s alleged concern about how the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs has driven Flint, Michigan into poverty, he doubtlessly is part of the problem.
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