In a Tuesday conference call with reporters setup by press for Team Clinton, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown went to town on Donald Trump, ripping his record of outsourcing products to other countries when they could be made in America and even Ohio.
Sen. Brown was joined by International President of the United Steelworkers Leo Gerard ahead of visits to Ohio and Pennsylvania by Donald Trump. The duo lambasted the Donald on his well-documented record of profiting at the expense of American workers even though he emphasizes on the campaign trail Made in America.
Sen. Brown and Mr. Gerard are strong, uncompromising voices for labor and working America, so it wasn’t surprising to hear them rail about Trump and his lack of any plans or strategies to boost manufacturing jobs here. Trump has said “the problem with our country is that we don’t make anything anymore,” which they said is untrue, challenging Donald Trump to manufacture his products here instead of elsewhere. From making Trump ties in China and Trump suits in Mexico, to manufacturing Trump furniture in Turkey to his picture frames in India and his barware in Slovenia, Sen. Brown and Gerard said it’s not a surprise that Mr. Trump in 2012 defended Mitt Romney’s outsourcing while at Bain Capital.

Hillary Clinton was in Cincinnati yesterday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as they tag-teamed tattooing Donald Trump without mercy. Sen. Brown pointed to Mrs. Clinton’s remarks yesterday as they represent, he said, “a forward looking vision with a real plan to back it up.” Ohio’s senior senator in Washington said Donald Trump is the perfect expert to talk about outsourcing.

“He lines his pockets at the expense of American workers. Even Trump teddy bears come with a ‘Made in China’ label.’ He can stop eating Oreos all he wants, but he won’t help American workers.” The truth about Trump, Sen. Brown said on the call, “is Trump doesn’t make things in America.”

Donald Trump is part of problem, Sen. Brown said, and it’s shameful that he would think global turmoil will boost revenue at his golf course in Scotland as the British pound loses value following last week’s vote to exit the European Union. Sen. Brown said he wears a suit “made proudly by union workers in Brooklyn, Ohio, close to where he lives in Cleveland. Trump stuff could be made in Ohio, he said “but he’s never found a way to make these things here.”

Leo Gerard said “no thank you” to a Trump presidency, noting that he’s full of empty promises and hoodwinking. Mr. Gerard said Trump “never opened his mouth once about the American steel industry because he has one constant, “only looking for Trump.” Gerard told working people to not be fooled to just believe in Trump.

Asked if Hillary Clinton can reverse her fortunes with Ohioans living in Appalachia where coal mining is still important even though its shrinking, Sen. Brown handled the question wit ease and thoroughness. He said Mrs. Clinton is working to help fix United Mine Workers pensions even though Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is blocking it. She’ll work to diversify the economy and help miners with more training and skills. Mr. Brown cited another Clinton priority, bring broadband internet to those hills and hollows of southeastern Ohio, since the state hasn’t done much. The war on coal, he said, is really being waged by low-cost, abundant natural gas, not by the White House or Hillary Clinton. “Coal can’t compete with natural gas,” he said, noting that a new base power plant will be all natural gas. There’s also no magic wand to fix investment in southeast Ohio, but Clinton will do better than Trump.

Both Brown and Gerard talked about trade deals that only seem to benefit corporate investors instead of workers. Brown said Hillary Clinton’s idea for a special trade prosecutor for China is right. Rules of origin for the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] and currency manipulation are key reasons why he and Mrs. Clinton have come to oppose an even bigger trade deal, the Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP]. Hillary Clinton’s positions on a variety of trade issues is clear, but Donald Trump has said little to nothing.

Leo Gerard said that since Ohio is among the largest states for supply chain auto parts, if rules of origin for NAFTA allow a part to be made in China, then shipped to Mexico for assembly in a product that then is exported to the United States, corporations will continue outsourcing jobs to maximize their profits instead of rewarding workers with higher wages and better benefits.

“Trade deals only work for investors,” Sen. Brown said, adding, “They helped make Donald Trump rich. It’s something to remember.”

Donald Trump swings through southeastern Ohio Tuesday, a part of the state he won over Gov. Kasich in the March primary even though he finished second to Kasich who couldn’t break the 50 percent threshold. Trump will hold a campaign rally in St. Clairesville, Ohio, home to Ohio University’s eastern campus. Donald Trump will arrive in Ohio after delivering trade remarks earlier in the afternoon in Monessen, Pennsylvania.

 

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