Trumbull County, Ohio went all-in on Trumpism.
The northeast Ohio county that is home to the Lordstown GM factory was historically a Democratic party stronghold, before swinging 30 points to support Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
GM workers are not angry with Trump, who promised to not only maintain but expand auto-manufacturing jobs, but at the company that is laying off 15 percent of its workforce and closing the Lordstown plant.
CNN dispatched Cristina Alesci to the plant in the village of Lordstown, where she reported “anger, confusion and shock” among the workforce.
“This is a big blow to the local economy and everyone we spoke to from the mayor to the small business owners to the union leaders it’s not just about the 1,500 jobs possibly impacted here but about the ripple effect,” she said.
Schools are set to lose funding and small businesses are set to lose customers, she said.
Alesci said there was “a real sense of frustration and confusion” among the villagers.
“GM is using this word ‘unallocated’ and people here don’t know what that means,” she said.
The root of the problem is that the Chevy Cruze, which was produced at the plant, is not selling and is being discontinued.
“It’s not just that the Cruze wasn’t selling, right?” anchor Poppy Harlow asked. “Some of this has to do with the president’s tariffs. He says it’s not the tariffs, but GM warned otherwise back this summer.”
Alesci said that the workers were not interested in hearing about the global ramifications of steel and aluminum tariffs, plus the possibility of a trade war.
“There’s a lot of talk of corporate greed,” Alesci said. “So far the locals we’ve talked to are reserving judgement on whether Trump could have done something, whether he could have intervened and prevented it, whether his policies could have helped. They aren’t making that judgement right now. Most of the anger is directed at GM, a lot of talk about corporate greed and language like that.”
Harlow also asked Alesci whether the workers understood that the corporation was in dire straits with rapidly changing consumer demand.
“Do they also see that GM here is looking at the future, and looking at a future of autonomous vehicles and they’re looking at increased global competition and electric vehicles and saying, we have to make some painful changes?”
“No, the community doesn’t really want to hear that right now,” Alesci said.
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Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.
"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."
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Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.
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"What we know is zero," Speier said. "So if, in fact, what is being reported is true, that means the president of the United States is using taxpayer money to try and have opposition research for his political campaign determined by how much money he gives to a foreign country and that is reprehensible."