Former Union Leader Calls Trump a ‘Liar’ as Carrier Lays Off 215 More Workers

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Chuck Jones speaks at an event for Carrier employees. (Twitter/@charlesbethea)

Reprinted from The Huffington Post by Mary Papenfuss on January 11, 2017.

A former Steelworkers union leader has blasted Donald Trump as a “con man,”  an “idiot” and a “liar” as Indianapolis air-conditioning and furnace company Carrier Corp. laid off 215 more workers Thursday. The company has sent a third of its jobs to Mexico since Trump boasted a year ago about a $7 million state tax incentive deal for the company to keep jobs in the US.

“I think everybody ought to respect the president of the United States and the office he holds. But Donald Trump is a liar and an idiot,” Chuck Jones, former president of United Steelworkers 1999, said at an Indianapolis town hall meeting on Wednesday that was streamed live on Facebook.

“When he was saying these jobs would not be leaving this country, not at any point in time did he say, ‘I’m bringing back my jobs I’ve got outside the country. I’m going to bring back my daughter’s jobs,’” added Jones, referring to overseas manufacturing for Trump and Ivanka Trump products. “He’s a pure and simple con man … and I’m sorry people bought into his message. He sold us a bag of shit, and now we’re stuck with it,” Jones added, The New Yorker reported. …

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