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1 Year After GM Lordstown Closure, Still No Action From Trump

Mar 05, 2020

Trump Continues to Turn His Back on Lordstown and Ohio

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the last Chevy Cruze rolling off the assembly line at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, the future of the plant remains uncertain. One thing remains clear, though: President Trump has failed to deliver on his promise to workers and families in the region.

At a rally in Youngstown, Trump told Ohioans, “Don’t move, don’t sell your house” because “we’re going to get those jobs coming back, and we’re going to fill up those factories.” Instead, after President Trump gave General Motors a multi-million dollar tax cut, the company cut thousands of jobs and idled the Lordstown plant. 

Later, Trump said that the Lordstown plant closure “doesn’t really matter” because under his leadership, “Ohio’s going to replace those jobs like in two minutes.” However, the Lordstown plant remains closed and Ohio has lost thousands of manufacturing jobs under Trump’s watch. Just last month, Trump proposed ending a loan program that could help revive the Lordstown plant.

“President Trump may have forgotten about GM Lordstown, but members of the community certainly haven’t,” said For Our Future Ohio spokesperson Chelsea Kiene. “Trump’s empty promises have left communities like Lordstown with empty factories. Trump turned his back on Lordstown, and now everyday Ohioans are paying the price.”  

In the weeks leading up to the General Motors Lordstown plant closure, For Our Future Ohio visited Lordstown to interview GM Lordstown retirees, workers, and community members about the closure of the historic plant. These interviews, which provide a poignant glimpse into the impact of President Trump’s broken promises and failed economic policies, are featured in the documentary Promises Broken