Today, as Donald Trump and Mike Pence visit Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively, promising to create jobs in the U.S., their records of outsourcing jobs stand in stark contrast to their pro-working families rhetoric.
Trump has often claimed, “I’m going to bring back jobs.” But Trump’s record of outsourcing, investing in outsourcing companies, and importing foreign labor rather than hire American workers, suggests otherwise. So too does his running mate’s history of approving $24 million tax payer-funded incentives to companies that off-shored jobs.
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Trump and Outsourcing
Trump constantly rails on outsourcing companies — including companies that he’s invested in and profited off — and that’s just the start of his outsourcing hypocrisy problem. Essentially all of his Trump-branded products are outsourced and manufactured overseas; from Bangladesh and Vietnam, to Honduras and Mexico.
On top of that, Trump has also tried to import thousands of foreign workers — and “sought at least 1,100 foreign worker visas since 2000.” Trump’s efforts to insource labor haven’t slowed as he’s mounted his presidential campaign: Trump companies have continued to bring in foreign workers, including at his Mar-a-Lago club and at Trump Vineyard. To save money, Trump even chose to build Trump Tower with reinforced concrete instead of Pennsylvania steel.
Job creator? Trump’s creating jobs all right, just not for American workers.
Pence and Outsourcing
Mike Pence’s record on outsourcing is no better than Trump’s; and it’s arguably worse, in that he’s approved millions in taxpayer funds for outsourcing companies.
As governor and chair of Indiana’s “economic development” corporation, Pence has overseen the approval of $24 million in “job creation” incentives to businesses that have shipped jobs overseas. At least $8.7 million of those taxpayer dollars have been paid out to-date, even as the receiving companies “announced layoffs or fired more than 3,8000 Indiana workers.”
In essence, Pence is a case study of what Trump’s outsourcing record would look like if he had political power and taxpayer funds to throw around.
Published: Sep 14, 2016