Trump's hypocrisy makes a Philly connection
Another Philly mention from the Donald made the rounds on the internet this Saturday, even as he was almost 650 miles away in Greenville, S.C. getting ready for the ninth Republican primary debate.
On his Facebook page, Donald Trump linked a PhillyMag article from Jan 20. The article, written by the publication’s business editor Jared Shelly, reported that Northeast Philadelphia auto parts company, Cardone Industries, would be shipping off its brakes division to Mexico.
Cardone will begin to lay off around 1,300 from the company’s Philadelphia facilities as it begins to shut down operations in the city in preparation for the move. Trump took exception to this.
“1,300 Layoffs for Northeast Philly’s Cardone Industries,” Trump posted on Facebook. “The auto parts re-manufacturer is moving a division to Mexico. I am the ONLY one who can fix this! We need to keep jobs- here in AMERICA!”
A central point of Trump’s campaign has been to keep jobs from going overseas, stating that he would bring back manufacturing jobs from China, Japan and Mexico. During his victory speech at the New Hampshire primaries earlier this month, Trump said he would be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
Setting aside the fact that economists have said that this would be difficult to do, Trump’s job crusade seems to contradict much of his own business practices over the years. Ever since Trump has begun his campaign, business writers and economists have noted the candidate’s hypocrisy when it comes to his jobs platform.
Forbes contributor Stuart Anderson penned a piece where he called out Trump on his comments against Ford’s building of an auto plant in Mexico. Anderson points out that the real estate mogul has clearly taken advantage of investing overseas rather than at home as his company owns six hotels and nine other properties abroad.
Not to mention that Trump’s clothing line is made in Mexico and China or that Reuters found that his company has applied for hundreds of temporary work visas for foreign employees for work at various Trump hotels, casinos and country clubs since 2000.