Donald Trump has basically won the Republican nomination in two manners. First he has stirred up hatred for those terrible “others” and he has pounded the fact that too many American jobs have been “outsourced” overseas. The first is deplorable. The second is almost humorous. Especially when it comes to Trump’s family’s own products.
Trump has publicly told the world that he will force Apple to make their computers in the U.S. He has publicly stated he won’t eat Oreos anymore because Nabisco is moving part of its operation to Mexico. So, why doesn’t everyone boycott Trump’s line of products? I think that would be a wonderful example of trying to “force” American companies to make their products in America.
Donald Trump has a line of suite that he sells. These are made in Bangladesh and India. He has a line of ties that are made in China. Other products “offered” by Trump simply say they are “imported.” And, it is not limited just to Donald’s lines either. His daughter, Ivanka, has 838 lines of products. They have been advertised on Trump.com.
Professor Robert Lawrence who has done a “deep dive’ into where the products are made said: “Of the 838 Ivanka products advertised through the site, none appear to be made exclusively in the U.S.; 628 are said to be imported and 354 made specifically in China.” Then of course is his wife. Melania has a line of jewelry with QVC and it is all made in China.
Yesterday Trump held a rally at a closed factory touting his “protectionist” economic plans. He has basically started a war about trade with the Republican Party and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. However, the one thing that is always missing from his protectionist talks is a promise that he will move all of his manufacturing back to the U.S.
He has been asked several times about why his products are being made overseas. One of his best arguments is that “well you obviously aren’t a businessman.” Whatever the hell that means. The one redeeming fact to all of this is that since Trump made his wonderful comments about Mexicans all being rapists and robbers, his clothing line has taken a huge hit.
Trump’s rhetoric is exactly what underworked and out-of-work Americans want to hear. But, they are also ignoring the fact that many of these same workers could be employed by Donald Trump and his family if only the “protectionist” Presidential Candidate made their products in the U.S. instead of in cheap labor markets. I mean he could buy that closed factory he was standing in front of and give those in the crowd good paying jobs all in one fell swoop!
But, that would also mean that the Trump brand would have to pay American wages and not that cheap overseas labor. Something Donald apparently isn’t about to do anytime soon. It would also mean he couldn’t hide money overseas for tax purposes. He would actually have to pay U.S. taxes.
He keeps talking about how he would “cut a better deal” when it comes to trade. He doesn’t say how exactly. And, if you look at his own business practices, you have to wonder just how good of a deal he could possibly make with anyone.
His companies have filed for bankruptcy at least four times. His products are failing. You can still find his suits, shirts, ties, and accessories online but at reduced prices. That doesn’t seem like someone who is very business savvy to me. Trump, like all business people, believe that success in business is determined by how much money you have. I believe that success in business is when you have a thriving business that keeps Americans employed for years. Which in turn would make the owner more money, too.
If Donald Trump really wants us to buy into his bullshit about trade and his protectionist economic agenda, he can start by announcing tomorrow that all of his and his family’s businesses will begin manufacturing all of their products in the U.S. I will even give him three months to open up the first factories. I won’t give him any longer because we all know that his “promises” are not to be relied upon.
Until then, Donald needs to be held to the fire about trade. Without this action on his part, all of his talk about trade is just more hot air. I am beginning to think he is so blustful just to keep that dead Tribble on his head dry. If we have ever had a Presidential Candidate that is all talk and no action, Donald Trump is the man!
I would dare any of Trump’s followers to stand up during his next “trade speech” and demand that he move his own production to the U.S., but Trump would probably tell everyone to “get him”. I don’t want anyone hurt.