By Aris Folley – 11/30/18 10:19 AM EST 5,114
A woman who has spent the past 20 years working at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, said in a recent interview that she blames President Trump for the planned closure of GM’s sole assembly plant in the state.
Nanette Senters, 55, told Vox in an interview published Thursday that she was “shocked” by the automaker’s plans to close its facility in Ohio and accused the president of giving workers at the plant “false hope” at a rally in the state by telling people he would “bring jobs back.”
“All of the president’s rhetoric has divided the workforce horribly,” Senters told Vox. “I was here when Trump had a rally here last summer. He said, don’t sell your house, do not worry about that. I am going to bring jobs back.”
Her criticism came days after GM announced that it would close up to four auto factories in the U.S. The auto company will discontinue the Chevrolet Cruze next year and has not assigned a new product to the plant, likely closing it.
“From day one, I could see what he was — the way he managed to give people false hope,” Senters said, referring to Trump. “A lot of people are still hoping he will save them now. It’s disturbing.”
She added that while there’s “a lot of blame to go around” over the automaker’s announcement, she puts a “lot of it on our president.”
“I think it all started when Trump repealed the [Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard],” she told the outlet. “When Trump repealed the CAFE standard, that gave GM more of an incentive to get rid of the Chevy Cruze and do this restructuring.”
“The CAFE standard meant that you could produce small cars that are energy-efficient and that would kind of balance out the building of big trucks and gas guzzlers,” Senters added. “Building the Cruze meant that GM could also build many big trucks and still meet fuel efficiency standards.”
When pressed in the interview about reports that some GM workers are asking the president to cancel government contracts with GM and other companies that outsource jobs, Senters said she believes that’s a “good” idea in theory but that Trump “is not willing to put his money where his mouth is.”
“And so many of my co-workers, around half of them, are still pinning all their hopes on Trump” Senters said. “I hope I’m wrong. I hope he does do something about the thousands of jobs companies are still sending abroad. But he hasn’t done anything about Carrier, Honeywell, or Harley-Davidson.”
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