Trump’s Broken Promises to Ohio

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"Beautiful (and cold) morning on the banks of the Maumee, in Toledo. The perfect place to hold Trump accountable for his broken promises on jobs, on health care, on education." Photo by David Pepper on January 9, 2020.

In 2019, Donald Trump came to Ohio five times. Today, he’s holding his first campaign rally of 2020 right here in the Buckeye State Are you wondering — why does Trump keep coming to Ohio?

Why does Trump keep coming back to Ohio?

  1. He knows he can’t win the White House without us.
  2. Ohio is in play because of Trump’s Broken Promises and failed policies.

Over the past year, Trump’s approval ratings have been steady in Ohio — steadily underwater. A July 2019 Quinnipiac University poll found Trump had a negative 43 – 52 percent job approval rating.

An October 2019 Emerson poll had Trump’s approval rating in Ohio at 43 percent.

The Morning Consult Trump Tracker poll shows that Trump’s net approval rating in Ohio has decreased by 18 percentage points since he took office.

Trump is underwater here because Ohioans are waking up to Trump’s Broken Promises. As one former worker at the now-shuttered @GM factory in Lordstown put it: “He lied. He told everybody it’s all coming back. It’s not.”

At a September 2016 speech in Toledo, Trump promised, “New factories will come rushing onto our shores.” Manufacturing has fallen to its lowest level since 2009.

Trump promised there would be “insurance for everybody.” Ohio’s uninsured rate has gone up, and in 2018, 58,000 more Ohioans went without health insurance, compared to the year before.

Trump said he wants to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. In fact, he is backing a lawsuit that jeopardizes health care for 4.8 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions.

The Ohio Dems aren’t waiting until we have a nominee to take the fight to Trump. We’re holding him accountable every time he sets foot in the Buckeye State. Today we were in Toledo, reminding Ohioans of Trump’s Broken Promises.

We’re running an aggressive digital program that is highlighting how Trump’s Broken Promises and failed policies are hurting Ohioans.

Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign is flooding Ohio with Facebook ads. Another Acronym tracks Trump’s digital spending by state, and we’re ranked fourth.

If Ohio Dems are going to keep up with the massive investment Trump and his super PAC are making in Ohio, we need resources — and we need them right now.

A blue Ohio in 11 months means the end of Trump’s presidency, as well as the end of the worst gerrymandering in the country. Thank you for helping us get it done.

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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David Pepper serves as Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, after being elected in December 2014 and reelected to a second term in 2018. Born and raised in Cincinnati, David is a fifth-generation Cincinnatian. David was first elected to public office in 2001, when he served on the Cincinnati City Council, finishing first out of a field of 26 candidates, and was reelected to a second term in 2003, again leading the pack in votes. In 2006, David was elected to the three-member Hamilton County Commission. He served as the Commission President from 2009-2010. During David’s tenure at the County, Hamilton County won 19 National Association of County Awards for outstanding management practices, more than all other Ohio counties combined. David was nominated by Ohio Democrats to run in statewide elections twice. In 2010, David ran for the office of Ohio Auditor, and in 2014, for Attorney General. David earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and later earned his J.D. from Yale Law School. In 1999, David clerked for the Honorable Nathaniel Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. For a decade, David worked in the Cincinnati offices of major law firms Squire Sanders and Blank Rome, focusing his practice on commercial and business litigation, and appellate litigation. David has also taught election and voting rights law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. David is married to Alana (Swartz) Pepper. They have two sons, Jack, 5, and Charlie, 3. David is the author of two widely praised novels—“The People’s House,” an Ohio-based political thriller, and its sequel, “The Wingman.” His third book, “The Voter File,” will be published by Putnam in June 2020.

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