Joy-Ann Reid believes that President-elect Donald Trump has sold working class America a bill of goods and they’re about to get screwed over.
In an op-ed this week in The Daily Beast, Reid explained that the working families that supported Obama in 2008 and 2012 that voted against Clinton because they believed Trump would make their lives “great again,” will do nothing to help them in the end.
“You voted for Donald Trump, thinking that he was on your side; that he will save your jobs and your way of life, whatever you imagine that is. Well, you got played,” she said.
In the years that Trump has been in business, Reid explained that Trump has never “given a damn” about working people or the families that depend on them.
“When he tore down the old Bonwit Teller building—where my Jamaican godmother was one of the few black women allowed to work as a cashier in the 1960s to build Trump Tower,” Reid said, proudly saying that her godmother’s claim to fame was meeting actor Troy Donahue. “Trump used undocumented white laborers, mostly Polish, to do it. When his company forced them to work in deplorable, dangerous conditions and even failed to pay them the meager wages they were promised and they complained, Trump threatened to have them deported.”
Reid also noted that Trump Tower used concrete from a mob-related company, not from Bethlehem steel.
“In fact, he has rarely used American steel in the few buildings he’s actually built,” she said. Trump has consistently said that he wants to help American steelworkers, but he’s opted for Chinese steel instead of buying American for his last three projects.
“Now, your supposed hero of the working class, the ‘blue collar billionaire,’ who, you insisted, both during the campaign and afterward, heard you, understood you, spoke to you, and cared about you,” Reid continued. But now, Trump “is attacking one of you,” she continued. “Trump used his Twitter account this week to savage United Steelworkers 1999 of Indiana and its president, Chuck Jones, an ordinary working man, who dared to tell the truth about the phony Carrier deal that the media shamefully allowed Trump to ride to glowing headlines and boosted poll numbers.”
She explained that many working people voted for Trump because they believe that former Secretary Hillary Clinton was going to take their guns away.
“The way Barack Obama sent fleets of black helicopters to take them, right?” she asked, rhetorically. “Just pause for a moment to think about how ridiculous that sounds; sending who, the military? Door to door to collect your silly firearms? Wake up, people! That idea is as foolish as the notion that before Nov. 9 you weren’t allowed to say ‘Merry Christmas.’”
Reid went on to wish Trump voters a “Merry Christmas” of their own.
“Your guns are safe. They always were. Instead, while Trump is entertaining you by hiring white generals named ‘Mad Dog’ to make you feel powerful again, the Republicans in Congress fully intend to take away every program that saved your parents and grandparents from the Great Depression,” she revealed.
She closed by wishing Trump’s voters good luck on their future.
“I hope at some point you realize what’s happening and fight back,” she said. “Your choices, unfortunately, do affect us all, and they will until we wake up and junk the Electoral College, which puts rural states’ zeal for Christian rule ahead of blue states’ desire for good government.”
Check out the full video of Reid talking to Chris Hayes about the op-ed below: