Trump Touts Manufacturing in Ohio as Covid Deaths and Unemployment Surge

Today, President Donald Trump will travel to Clyde, Ohio, to tour the Whirlpool Corporation’s washing machine facility and deliver remarks on revitalizing the U.S. manufacturing industry. He will also hold a high-dollar fundraiser in Cleveland, with tickets ranging from $5,600 to $100,000. This comes as the United States nears 5 million coronavirus infections and 159,000 fatalities and as a new model estimates that the total Ohio death toll could fall between 3,511 and 4,676 people this month.

In June, Whirlpool announced that they would be laying off workers, even though the corporation is eligible for and has not yet taken advantage of generous credit through the CARES Act. In the first year after President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, Whirlpool avoided paying any taxes and the CEO’s salary increased by 75 percent.

President Trump, in seeking to shore up support from his manufacturing base, is likely to tout his administration’s tariffs and so-called economic achievements. However, his administration’s policies and failure to address the COVID-19 crisis have devastated the state’s economy. In June, Ohio’s unemployment rate rose 6.8 percentage points from February to 10.9 percent, with roughly 390,000 more state residents out of work. As of August 3, approximately 1.6 million Ohio residents, representing 27.1 percent of the state’s February labor force, have filed unemployment insurance claims since the beginning of March. Moreover, Ohio’s plummeting tax revenues have created a funding crisis for schools, health care, and other critical services. The Ohio state government has projected a budget shortfall of $2.3 billion in FY 2021, representing a decline of 9 percent.

In 2016, President Trump claimed that his administration would revitalize the manufacturing sector in Ohio. However, as a result of his administration’s economic policies, failed trade war, and botched coronavirus response, Ohio has seen an overall decline in job creations, stagnant wages, and a decrease in manufacturing exports.

Learn more about how the Trump administrations policies have hurt Ohio families below.


Claim: “We are going to get our economy growing again.” — Donald Trump in Cincinnati, October 16, 2016

Reality: Even prior to the Trump administration’s failure to address the coronavirus and Ohio’s current economic collapse, the state’s economy had been in decline since the previous administration.

  • The Ohio economy grew by 6.2 percent during the last three years of the Obama-Biden administration, but growth dropped to 5.2 percent in the first three years of the Trump administration.

Profits and wages

Claim: “My economic plan is going to grow this economy, raise your wages.” — Donald Trump in Akron, Ohio, August 22, 2016

Reality: Trump claimed that his administration would prioritize the interests of the middle class. Instead, his administration is rewriting the rules to reward corporate interests and making it harder for working Americans to get ahead:

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data also show that wage growth has fallen behind rising prices in Ohio: Over the first three years of Trump’s presidency — from January 2017 to January 2020 — the cost of living rose by 6.2 percent while average weekly wages only grew by 4.6 percent. Manufacturing wages were slightly better than the average but still failed to keep up with rising prices, with the average weekly wage only going up by 5.6 percent.

Health care

Claim: “You’re going to have great health care at a fraction of the cost.” — Donald Trump in Delaware, Ohio, October 20, 2016

Reality: The Trump administration has doubled down on its commitment to taking health care away from millions of Americans while offering no viable replacement plan during a pandemic. Below are several ways Ohio residents would be harmed if the administration succeeds in fully repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Supreme Court:



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