The former president of the United Steelworkers, Chuck Jones, viciously attacked President Trump over his failure to prevent layoffs at the Carrier corporation after taking credit for saving over 2,000 jobs and giving the company $7 million in tax incentives to keep its Indiana plant open, according to a report on Raw Story.
Carrier recently announced the elimination of an additional 215 jobs at the Indianapolis heating and air conditioning plant on top of the 600 layoffs already made since Trump’s grand announcement that he had made a deal with the company to keep them from offshoring the jobs at the plant to Mexico.
Speaking at a rally of Carrier plant workers dubbed “The State of the Working Class,” the former Steelworkers union president first expressed his respect for the office of the President before damning the man who currently holds the title with blistering invective.
“I think everybody ought to respect the people that hold office,” Jones said. “I think everybody ought to respect the president of the United States and the office he holds. But Donald Trump is a liar and an idiot.”
“Everybody’s well aware of it, he campaigned to Bernie Sanders’ message, he campaigned on keeping jobs here in this country,” he continued. “We’ve got some people here that voted for Donald Trump because of the promises that he made. All during the campaign, Donald Trump numerous times mentioned Carrier by name. If he was president, the Carrier jobs would not be leaving this country and people bought into it.”
Jones complained that union-supported candidates lose elections because their members don’t turn out to vote, resulting in elected politicians who screw them over like former Indiana governor and Trump’s Vice-President Mike Pence did in Indiana with the Carrier deal.
“Our wizard of an ex-governor, Mike Pence, thought it would be a wonderful idea if taxpayers of Indiana anted up $7 million to give to [Carrier] because they are keeping 730 jobs here in the state,” Jones noted. “Whether you guys realize it, some of your tax money is not going to schools and stuff like that, it’s going to a very profitable corporation… That’s wrong.”
The ex-union leader then turned his ire back towards the President, saying that Trump “was full of shit when he was campaigning.”
“When he was saying these jobs would not be leaving this country, not at any point in time did he say, ‘I’m bringing back my jobs I’ve got outside the country. I’m going to bring back my daughter’s jobs,’” Jones pointed out. “He’s a pure and simple con man and I’m sorry people bought into his message. He sold us a bag of shit and now we’re stuck with it.”
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