Some Ohio Trump Voters Feel Betrayed After His Promise Of New Jobs Goes Unkept
When President Donald Trump visited northeast Ohio in 2017, he promised his supporters that their manufacturing jobs were “all coming back,” saying, “Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.”
But now that his promise has gone unfulfilled, some Trump supporters are left feeling betrayed, according to PBS News.
Trish Amato, who was employed by General Motors until her plant stopped production this year, didn’t mince words: “He lied.”
“He told everybody it’s all coming back,” said Amato, who voted for Trump in 2016 but is up in the air on whether to do it again in 2020. “It’s not. It’s harder and harder to find a job.”
She is not alone in her despair. PBS News said Amato “is one of hundreds of workers at the Lordstown plant who lost their jobs, and in many cases sold their homes and left the region, since Trump’s speech in Youngstown in mid-2017.”
The promise of jobs was one of several economic vows Trump made in 2016 that helped him take Ohio, but many voters now say they are “increasingly frustrated with Trump’s record on economic issues, including his trade policy and attacks on organized labor.”
Kathyrn Wilson, the chair of the economics department at Kent State University, told the news outlet that Trump’s mistake was promising things that he could never deliver.
Numerous forces impact the U.S. economy, no matter who is president or what their policies are, she said, including globalization and technological changes.
“We can’t go back in time to make [the economy] what it had been before,” Wilson said. Still, “Trump came in and said, ‘I’m going to fix these things.’ And there was a belief that he would.”