Ryan said Trump has promised local area residents that their jobs were safe and that they would not need to sell their homes in the near future whilst at a rally in 2017. On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump allegedly promised to turn Ohio into a “manufacturing behemoth.”
GM Lordstown is now closed, with thousands of jobs lost at the plant directly. GM, meanwhile, has received flack for allocating new products like the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer to plants in Mexico and South Korea.
“We lost 4,000 jobs at a General Motors facility that rippled throughout our community,” Ryan said. during the first Democratic debate of the primaries. “General Motors got a tax cut. General Motors got a bailout, and then they have the audacity to move a new car that they’re going to produce to Mexico.”
Trump lambasted GM on Twitter late last year shortly after it announced the impending closure of the Lordstown facility and other US-based plants, threatening to take action against the automaker in retaliation.
“Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland,” the tweet said. “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, including for electric cars.”
“General Motors made a big China bet years ago when they built plants there (and in Mexico) – don’t think that bet is going to pay off,” he added.
GM’s high profile plant closures could become a hot topic in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential elections. Trump’s 2016 campaign was largely based on bringing new manufacturing jobs to middle America and certain Democratic candidates also seem keen to try and appeal to the working class in states like Ohio.