Trump steams over GM Lordstown cuts: Darcy cartoon

November 28, 2018

Trump steams over GM Lordstown cuts: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- GM’s announced plant shutdowns and job cuts stabbed Lordstown and Trumptown.

Monday, GM announce it would cut 15% of its workforce, stop making several poor selling sedans and shutter plants in Michigan, Maryland, Ontario and Ohio.

The iconic Chevy Impala, and newer Volt and Cruze are among the sedans GM will stop making.   The Cruze had been the flagship of GM’s revival after the government bailed it out.  But now it’s being cast aside as GM looks to meet consumer demand for SUV’s and pickups, and looks to the future of all-electric and self-driving cars.

Cruze sales fell 26.5% over the first 9 months of 2018.  It’s demise led to the idling of the Lordstown, Ohio plant that made it.   1,400 Lordstown jobs and 30 Lordstown suppliers will be directly impacted.   But Rep. Tim Ryan said there isn’t a neighborhood in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley that won’t be affected.   “This is brutal.  General Motors, the very company bailed out by American taxpayers, is screwing its workers,” said Ryan.

The Lordstown cuts are hitting Trumptown hard too.  President Trump shared Ryan’s road rage over GM’s moves.

Monday, Trump expressed his unhappiness with GM CEO Mary Barra.  “I am not happy with what she did.  You know, the United States saved General Motors, and for her to take that company out of Ohio is not good.”  Trump said he would be  pressuring GM to put something that’s selling back in the Ohio plant.

During visits to Ohio during the campaign and last year, Trump vowed he would be bringing jobs back to the state,  just as he had promised coal miners he would be bringing mining jobs back to West Virginia.  “They’re all coming back,” Trump said of the jobs.  “Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.”

The only jobs that are coming are for job placement counselors, house foreclosure and closed plant/business auctioneers.

Tuesday Trump threatened to cut any GM subsidies in a tweet.

“Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland.  Nothing being closed in Mexico & China. The U.S. saved  General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!  We are now looking at cutting all @GM subsidies...”

Trump told the Wall Street Journal GM “better damn well open a new plant [in Ohio] very quickly.”   He said he told Barra, “you’re playing around with the wrong person”

Can we expect Trump to open a second front, and send tear gas-tossing troops to surround GM in Detroit?

Look for GM to try and appease Trump by naming a new car that runs on hot air and cheetos the Model T for Trump, or the Trumpvette, Trumpala or Trumptwitter.  Maybe they’ll change the iconic Chevy bowtie logo to a Trump red tie.

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill is trying to remain optimistic.  Emphasizing that GM hasn’t closed the plant, but idled it, Hill is hopeful GM will bring in another vehicle.

GM has said that up to half of the workers impacted will be given a chance to move to another GM plant elsewhere.   But while workers may be able to move, Lordstown and the Mahoning Valley can’t.

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