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Democratic Presidential Debate Puts Spotlight on Ohio and Trump’s Broken Promises

Oct 14, 2019

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Democrats will gather in Westerville, Ohio for the next presidential primary debate. While the debate offers candidates an opportunity to put forth their values and priorities, the event also serves as a reminder that Ohio is the epicenter of President Trump’s broken promises and failed policies.

Here’s a snapshot of how President Trump and his administration have broken promises to Ohioans:


In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump promised Ohioans they’d have “great health care.” But thanks to President Trump’s numerous attacks on the Affordable Care Act, more Americans — and more Ohioans — are going without health coverage. 

Nearly 2 million more Americans lacked health insurance in 2018 compared to 2017, the first year-to-year increase in the uninsured rate since the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Ohio is one of just a handful of states to see a statistically significant increase in the state’s uninsured rate. Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act threaten the health care coverage of nearly 5 million Ohioans with a pre-existing condition


President Trump has repeatedly promised to give middle-class families a massive tax cut. Instead, most of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut helps the wealthy and big corporations. For the first time on record, the 400 wealthiest Americans last year paid a lower total tax rate than any other income group. Under Trump’s tax plan, the number of companies paying no taxes doubled. In other words: twice as many companies are paying zero taxes on the billions of dollars in profits they earned in 2018.

President Trump also promised that his tax cuts would spur an economic boom. But experts say the Trump-GOP tax law has done little to boost economic growth or increase wages. Instead, as the U.S. economy’s growth rate loses speed, Trump’s tax cuts are fueling historic U.S. deficits.


President Trump has insisted that China will pay for tariffs imposed by the United States. But the cost of Trump’s reckless trade war has fallen “entirely” on American businesses and households, according to Goldman Sachs. Trump’s tariffs have already cost Ohio more than $3.8 billion and are expected to cost American households more than $2,000 per year in 2020.

American farmers are also feeling the impact of Trump’s trade war, including Ohio soybean farmers. Trump’s trade war is pushing struggling farmers to the brink, forcing many farmers to take on more debt or second jobs to make ends meet. 


At a rally in Youngstown, President Trump told rally-goers, “Don’t move, don’t sell your house” because jobs are “all coming back.” Less than two years later, the nearby General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio closed. Despite receiving a massive tax windfall from Trump’s tax law, General Motors eliminated 1,600 jobs at the Lordstown facility, which triggered even more layoffs at nearby suppliers and local businesses.

It’s not just communities like Lordstown: President Trump promised to revive American factories, but the manufacturing industry continues to slide deeper into a recession. According to Markets Insider, “Factory job losses have been concentrated in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.” 


In 2016, Trump told a crowd in Akron that his economic plan would raise wages. Yet wages remain stagnant in Ohio. New data also shows that Ohio lags the United States in household income. Meanwhile, income inequality is increasing in Ohio and nationwide. Income inequality is the worst it’s been in the past 50 years, thanks in part to stagnant wages and the Trump-GOP tax cut.