Donald Trump’s personal attacks worked in the primaries. It worked in the election. It was easier than presenting programs and plans. Why not keep doing it?
For example, Trump made a big deal about keeping jobs in the United States. How does he propose to do that? He has talked about tariffs or taxes on products made by US companies abroad. That is not a program or a plan. That is a threat.
After the election, he tried to keep some jobs here. The jobs were at the Carrier Corporation. The factory is in Indiana. The company was planning to move about 1,350 jobs to Mexico. Trump threatened a tariff. The company decided to move 550 jobs. That means 550 US workers will lose their jobs. Trump also said he saved other jobs as well. It turned out that the other jobs were not going to Mexico.
The president of the union at the Carrier plant spoke out. He said the actual number of jobs affected was different from Trump’s number. Trump did not like him saying that. It took away from his bragging that he saved the jobs.
Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee the country! 7:41 PM 7 Dec 2016
About an hour later, Trump tweeted:
If United Steel Workers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce Dues. 8:56 PM 7 Dec 2016
Trump is to be President of the United States. Is this how he will spend his time?
Here is another example. The president of Boeing made a speech in Chicago. He said he is against trade policies that would limit his company’s sales overseas. There are reports that Trump learned of the speech and did not like it. Out of nowhere, he tweeted:
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order! 8:52 AM – 6 Dec 2016
Currently, there are no firm estimates on how much the plane will cost. This time the focus of Trump’s attack was on the company, not a person.
This will be Trump as president. It is the easiest path for him to take. He is most comfortable when attacking people or things by name. He will continue to do that.
Source: The Washington Post December 7, 2016