I just choked through parts of Trump's speech in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to auto workers, many of whom unappreciatively owe their jobs to a Democratic president. Today, the sitting president expressed his deep devotion to these workers and their industry, which, to repeat, President Obama rescued from a massive, job-killing calamity.
Last summer, though? Was Trump devoted to these workers then? Here he is as a candidate, speaking in Detroit:
You could have let it go, and rebuilt itself, through the free enterprise system. You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly, and rebuilt itself, and a lot of people felt it should happen. Or you could have done it the way it went. I could have done it either way. Either way would have been acceptable.
Well, at least one way was acceptable. The other way, which Trump "could have done," would have been decidedly unacceptable to auto workers, since "the free enterprise system' was refusing credit to the auto industry.
Later, in that same month of August 2016, "Trump suggested one way to stop automakers’ expansion to Mexico is by moving some production out of Michigan to lower-wage states."
What a guy … what a billionaire mensch … what a friend to Michigan's auto workers.