Bernie Sanders is a typical hypocritic politician who avoids the truth and blames political opponents for the problems caused by his own political associates.
Last November, General Motors announced that they would be closing several plants and laying off around 15,000 workers. This prompted Sanders to lash out and blame President Trump, Republicans and the leadership of General Motors. Sanders stated:
“This year, General Motors received a $514 million tax break as a result of Trump’s tax giveaway to the wealthy. But instead of using that money to raise wages, increase benefits or add more jobs it is doing the exact opposite. Today, GM announced that it would be laying off nearly 15,000 workers and close plants in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland to “increase the long-term profit and cash generation” of the company.”
“That is outrageous. Let’s be clear. GM is not a poor company. It is not going broke. So far this year, GM has made a profit of $6 billion and had enough money to spend $100 million on stock buybacks to enrich its wealthy shareholders. Last year, it gave its CEO a $22 million compensation package – 295 times more than the average GM worker makes. Under Trump, it has also received $600 million in lucrative federal contracts.”
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“Government contracts should be going to companies that create jobs in America, not to businesses that are eliminating them. The corporate greed of General Motors is destroying the social fabric of America.”
More recently, Sanders stated:
“If entities like General Motors think that they can throw workers out on the street while they’re making billions in profit and then move to Mexico to pay people their starvation wages and then line up to get federal government contracts, well, they got another guess coming.”
Sanders continues to place the blame on Trump for the actions of General Motors and the closing of the plants. What Sanders is ignoring is that the reason GM is closing the plants is because they want to focus more on green energy type vehicles.
Democrats are the ones that are pushing for the development of green or renewable energy and the elimination of oil and coal use. Obama had declared war on oil and coal, which forced the closure of a number of coal mines, costing thousands of workers their jobs, but you didn’t hear Sanders complain about the loss of those jobs.
Obama wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on one failed green energy project after another, but you never heard Sanders complain about that waste of billions of dollars.
Obama and the Democrats strongly opposed the Keystone XL Pipeline which would have created anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 jobs and would have helped to make America energy independent, but you didn’t hear Sanders complain at the loss of those jobs.
So, why is GM converting plants to green energy vehicle production? Because of the Democrats push for more green energy, that’s why. So, who is really to blame for the closure of the plants and the laying off of the thousands of workers?
Democrats and General Motors officials, not Trump, but that’s not stopping Sanders from blaming Trump anyway. It also demonstrates just how low Sanders will go to smear Trump.
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