In the wake of General Motors’ announcement this week that thousands of its U.S. workers will lose their jobs, President Donald Trump claimed during a campaign rally that he had found the “magic wand” to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.
But retired GM worker Carmela Denno of Ohio told CNN she found the president’s claims offensive, noting that her family faces impossible choices in the near future, not only due to the loss of income but the loss of benefits.
Denno said the plant closure will also cause harm to the local economy, which is supported heavily by the jobs GM supplied.
On CNN Wednesday, a retired GM worker from Newton Falls, Ohio, took issue with the President’s claim that he had found a magic wand to save manufacturing in the US. She pointed out that many members of her family face impossible choices in the coming months.
“Our jobs need to stay here,” she said. CNN’s Poppy Harlow noted that the GM worker was a Republican who had voted for Trump.
“It’s not Republican or Democrat. It’s getting these people back to work,” she said.
Harlow played a clip of Trump’s comments at the Mississippi rally and asked if Denno found the president’s words offensive, noting she had supported Trump in the last election:
“You voted for President Trump. Did he find the magic wand for these manufacturing jobs or do you find that comment offensive?”
“I find it offensive,” the woman said. “We are the magic wand. We are the people that kept GM here all that time. We are a caring community. We are a good work force. I felt we kept GM here, more than any President.”