Hold onto your pocketbook

To the editor:

President Donald Trump has often promised to bring back factory jobs to America, especially in our area of the country. At a rally near the General Motors plant in Lordstown last summer, Trump told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are “all coming back.”

This week we learned that, thanks to Trump’s tariffs, GM plans to close several auto plants next year, including Lordstown, putting 15,000 workers out on the street. I wonder what those Lordstown workers who voted for him think about his empty promises now.

Does the president acknowledge the role his ill advised tariffs played in this action? Of course not. Instead he blames Democrats, even though President Barack Obama actually saved the American auto industry from near extinction by his intervention to restructure GM and Chrysler almost a decade ago. If you couple this current auto industry crisis with the effect tariffs have had on agriculture, you’ll see we are now facing a trade war nightmare in our country, that is certain to have devastating long-term effects.

I know that many Trump supporters will never admit to caring about auto workers that live a few counties away from the Ohio Valley. Their problems don’t affect us here in Jefferson County, right? The one fact you soon won’t be able to deny is how this will affect our economy and the price we all will pay for the vote you cast in 2016 that has brought us to where we are today.

Those of us who did not vote for this president feared that this day would come. I do not cheer or gloat over the bad news. I do not need to say “I told you so,” to his supporters. All I can say is hold on to your pocketbook and get ready for a rough 2019. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Candace DeStefano