Ohioans Need Competent Leadership, Not Another Trump Administration Photo Op

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In response to Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes’ photo op in Belmont County today, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper released the following statement:

“Once again, the Trump administration is parachuting into Ohio to spin yet another economic failure. From Lordstown to Belmont County to communities across Ohio, working families are paying the price for Donald Trump’s incompetence. We can’t afford four more years of broken promises, and this November we’re putting our state back on track by sending Joe Biden to the White House.”


Promise: “Those jobs have left Ohio. They’re all coming back. They’re all coming back. Don’t move. Don’t sell your house. Don’t sell your house.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Youngstown, July 25, 2017]

Reality: Last year was Ohio’s worst year for job creation since 2009, the height of the Great Recession. From January 2019 to January 2020 — even before the coronavirus crisis hit and decimated the economy — Ohio lost 12,500 jobs, including 6,000 jobs in manufacturing.

Promise: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” [CNBC Interview, Jan. 22, 2020

Reality: After Trump wasted time ignoring his own advisors and downplaying the coronavirus pandemic, the United States leads the world with over 5.1 million cases and more than 164,000 deaths. In Ohio alone, more than 100,000 people have contracted the virus, and more than 1.5 million have filed for unemployment since the outbreak began.

Promise: “We are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.” [Oval Office Address, March 11, 2020]

Reality: Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Trump and the Republican Party are attempting to overturn the Affordable Care Act — endangering health coverage for 741,000 Ohioans and threatening protections for as many as 5 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions.

Reality: Trump’s testing “strategy” only aims to provide tests for 2 percent of Ohioans. And even as experts warned of a coming pandemic, Trump sent record shipments of N95 masks overseas.

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