More of Trump’s “Saved” Jobs Are Leaving the Country

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We all knew this was bullshit, but there's no denying it when the pink slips are signed.

The Carrier plant in Indiana that Trump personally swooped in to "save" after the election is shipping over 600 jobs to Mexico.

"The jobs are still leaving," said Robert James, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999. "Nothing has stopped."

In fact, after the layoffs are complete later this year, a few hundred union jobs will remain at the plant. But that is far different from what then-President-elect Trump said just three weeks after the election.

"They're going to have a great Christmas," Trump said to cheering steelworkers and local dignitaries on Dec. 1.

To be fair, Carrier did invest over $16 million in their Indiana facility, but those investments were made to automate the plant, not to hire humans.

Elsewhere, a couple hundred "saved" jobs at a Boeing facility in South Carolina are also being cut.

Boeing Co. said Thursday it will lay off fewer than 200 workers at its 787 Dreamliner campus in North Charleston, S.C., a plant that President Trump visited earlier this year, where he promoted his “Buy America” pledge.

The Post and Courier reported that the job cuts are part of a companywide effort to reduce costs in Boeing's commercial airplane division to compete with its French rival Airbus.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not gloating that people are losing their jobs just to spite Trump. I don't want to see anyone lose their jobs (well, except Trump himself and most of Congress) but the idea that he was personally going to tour every plant in America and deliver jobs like the goddamn jobs fairy was always a fantasy. And attacking trade isn't going to stop things like this from happening. Ripping apart the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) or the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) isn't going to stop automation or hinder our international competition. It will actually help the competition.

China and the European Union aren't going to handicap themselves just because we do.

  • mnpollio

    Try telling a Trump supporter any of this and they will find some way to twist themselves into a pretzel to blame Obama or liberals – because, you know, Obama and liberals have such a majority in Congress to obstruct Trump.

  • muselet

    The jobs Donald Trump crowed about saving in Indiana are being moved to Mexico. Either he lied or he knew/knows less than nothing about manufacturing.

    This is my surprised face.


  • Aynwrong

    I’m curious to know if this will cause any second thoughts to occur to any Carrier employees who voted for Trump. Curious, not hopeful. Cognitive dissonance seems to run deep among the Orange Saviour’s voters.

    • muselet

      Not a chance. By tomorrow morning, this will all be the fault of The Black Guy.


  • Badgerite

    No bigger handicap than having this crazy POS and his cohorts ‘steering’ the ship of state. The world isn’t going to start going backwards just to please the trump voter.
    Or even Vladimir Putin. There is a certain logic and inevitability as to where the world is headed. Automation is not going to somehow lessen or go away. Neither is the rest of the world. To prosper, our country must move forward and start to develop a new concept of our economy that can make peoples lives better. Not worse. Currently the GOP seems committed to making everything worse to further the interests of …..what exactly? People dying because they can’t afford healthcare?
    Cutting the budget of the National Institutes of Health recently praised so glowingly by Jimmy Kimmel for helping to save his child’s life? Cutting the budget of the Center for Disease Control? This is just reckless and dangerous behavior on the part of our elected leaders. And our non-elected ones, even. (I’m looking at you Vladimir)

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