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New Documentary Features the Voices of Lordstown, Highlights Trump’s Broken Promises

Jul 15, 2019

Two years after President Donald Trump infamously told people at a rally in Youngstown, “Don’t move, don’t sell your house” because the jobs “are all coming back,” a new documentary filmed and produced by For Our Future Ohio shows the devastating impact of Trump’s broken promises on the Mahoning Valley. The documentary, “Promises Broken,” features interviews with General Motors Lordstown retirees, workers, and community members during the final days of production at the historic plant.

The film also features an interview with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

Since President Trump took office, thousands of workers have lost their jobs at GM Lordstown or have had to transfer, in some cases uprooting their lives and their families to take a job out of state. Meanwhile, hundreds more jobs have been eliminated at nearby suppliers as a result of the GM Lordstown closure.

“The people out here are wonderful, they’re my second family,” said Vickie Raymond, a GM employee who worked at the company for 24 years, fighting back tears. “I’m gonna miss them all.”

As the documentary and accompanying website make clear, many of Trump’s economic policies — including the Republican tax law and Trump’s tariffs — have actually made matters worse, accelerating the closure of the GM plant and the shipment of American jobs overseas. 

“He’s betrayed workers in Lordstown as he’s betrayed workers all over this country,” Senator Sherrod Brown says in the film.

“He fooled the people,” said Louis Robinson, Jr., a 34-year veteran of General Motors. “Now they’re finding out that Donald Trump has lied, lied, and lied.”

In the coming months, For Our Future Ohio will travel the state to screen the documentary and host panel discussions on how President Trump’s broken economic promises are hurting workers and communities throughout Ohio.

To view the documentary and learn more about Trump’s broken promises, visit PromisesBrokenDoc.com


For Our Future Ohio (FOF-OH) is a statewide coalition organization that builds progressive power through voter engagement and community organizing to create shared economic prosperity, strengthen public education, advance social and racial justice, and preserve the environment. FOF-OH’s founding partners are the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, American Federation of Teachers, Communications Workers of America, National Education Association, and NextGen America.