The president-elect fired off yet another attack directed at a major corporation Thursday afternoon on Twitter.
He wrote, “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.”
Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
The suggestion of a “big border tax” on companies wishing to import manufactured items to the U.S. over the nation’s border with Mexico is something that Trump has brought up before in similar situations.
This Thursday tweet is far from the first time that he’s targeted a manufacturing company in such a fashion.
This past Tuesday, he wrote on Twitter, “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!”
Notably, in each instance where Trump has taken on any given corporation on Twitter, that company’s stock market value has taken a serious, albeit largely short-lived, hit.
What’s seriously problematic is that Trump, yet again, is showing himself as not actually concerned with making positive impacts on the lives of the millions of white, working-class “little guys” who got him elected president.
He’s just shaping the economy to be more aligned with his own private concerns.
If he was concerned with helping the “little guy,” then he would be supporting policies like the continuance of the ACA, which provides health care for 20 million “little guys.”
But he’s not. Instead, he’s attacking companies that he doesn’t like on Twitter, and thus impacting their business.
When he has made a show of actually getting something done to keep jobs in the U.S., it’s been a joke every time.
He claimed responsibility at one point for a Ford plant staying in the U.S. The company shot back, however, that the plant staying in the U.S. has nothing to do with him.
Then there’s the time that he struck a deal with Carrier to keep around 1,000 jobs from being shipped to Mexico. The thing is, those jobs are about to die either way, because the money dished out to Carrier as a part of Trump’s “deal” is going towards the automation of the plant in question so that fewer humans are needed to operate the machinery.
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