HYPOCRISY ALERT! Trump’s BS ‘Made In America’ Campaign Doesn’t Apply to Ivanka
Trump Campaign Will Focus on American Workers Tomorrow
On Friday, The Washington Post published a bombshell report exposing how First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s fashion-line is almost exclusively being manufactured overseas. Products like Ivanka Trump clothing, shoes, and handbags, are made in places like Bangladesh, Yemen, Indonesia, and China. These nations all have something in common: Cheap labor and poor worker rights creating a perfect environment for maximizing a company’s bottom-line.
But didn’t Ivanka’s father, President of the United States Donald Trump, run on an “America First” platform? I remember these words from Inauguration Day:
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.
We will follow two simple rules — buy American and hire American.
Some of the most glaring hypocrisy reflecting from the Trump White House yet is exposed in the Washington Post article, and it is apparently all lost on the West Wing.
According to The Hill, the Trump Team is beginning tomorrow a messaging campaign called “Made in America”. The three-week focus on American jobs will have a distinguishable theme for each week. The first will be labelled “Made in America”, followed by “American Heroes week”. The “American Heroes” are the blue-collar workers who Trump will be counting on to come out for him in 2020. The concluding week will be called “American Dream”, where the disappearance of that ideal will almost certainly be missing.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting, since the beginning of the Great Recession manufacturing jobs have yet to rebound to their Jan. 2008 levels. According to the DOL, nearly 13.7 million jobs were in the manufacturing sector in the beginning of 2008. Today there are merely 12.4 million. Now, CNN does report that there has been an uptick in manufacturing jobs under Trump, and that some of those jobs from 2008 are gone forever due to automation. But couldn’t many of those the manufacturing jobs be replaced if brought home, like those who voted for Trump were promised?
As Pres. Trump begins his “Made in America” campaign tomorrow, remember where Ivanka is creating jobs. It is in places like Bangladeshi sweatshops.
According to a report of an Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights estimate in 2013, the production cost of a denim shirt would be three-times more expensive in the U.S. than in Bangladesh. It may hurt profits, but the billionaires in the Trump clan could afford to put their money where their mouths are and create more jobs here at home.
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