Trump to Upstate NYers: Move!

President Trump, in an interview in the Wall Street Journal, claims that there are states that are increasing manufacturing jobs (Wisconsin, Iowa, and Colorado). He then said:

“You’re going to need people to work in these massive plants,” Trump said. “I’m going to start explaining to people: When you have an area that just isn’t working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you’ll have another area 500 miles away where you can’t get people, I’m going to explain, you can leave. It’s OK. Don’t worry about your house.”

Rick Gallant, one of the five announced Democratic candidates trying to unseat Rep. Reed, quickly responded to the Trump’s comment:

“We’re not abandoning Upstate New York. It’s just not an option. That sort of rhetoric is dangerous and demonstrates just how out of touch with mainstream America our President really is. Instead of tearing down the Southern Tier and Western New York, we’re going to roll up our sleeves and rebuild it. Our congressman’s silence on these remarks speaks volumes.”

Rep. Reed’s silence?

Googling articles about Trump’s moving suggestion in the Buffalo News, Syracuse, and other newspapers   I found that Rep. Chris Collins, Rep. John Katko, Rep. Claudia Tenny and other Upstate Representatives had responded to Trump’s comments. Rep. Reed had not. Checking his Facebook pages and his Twitter account, Rep. Reed has yet to defend his jobs record, nor has he agreed or disagreed with the President’s vision having us migrate west like Steinbeck’s Joad Family did in The Grapes of Wrath.

Even though Gallant responded directly to Trump’s Upstate New York put down, but the other four candidates have spoken earlier about their concerns of the NY23rd job situation:

Eddie Sundquist of Jamestown said that coming back home after college, two years of teaching and law school to practice law said he realized the area “slowly became the land that time forgot.”

“We were promised a lot of different things like the Buffalo Billion trickle down and money at the federal level from our representatives,” he said. “We never received those things. We continue to see people leave and manufacturers and jobs leave. A lot of it made me upset to see that we don’t have a representative to jump into the middle of that and help make this a better place.”–Jamestown Post Standard

Ian Golden, small business owner and another Democratic Congressional Candidate has also talked about jobs:

“My Representative will have occasional photoshoots for media exposure, spins on why tax cuts to the wealthy and deregulation of banks help business in this country, fast tracks for fossil fuel projects with little long-term economic injection, an absence of vision for how to bring living wage jobs back to our communities, connection with the issues that really matter to our farms and vineyards, or the ability to plan for the rapid changes occurring in technology.” –Golden’s website

Candidate Max Della Pia, a retired Air Force Officer from Owego, relate jobs and immigration, and that he:

“understands the necessity for migrant workers to fill vacancies given by local workers. He thinks a program needs to be established to provide that labor pool while also being fair and equitable for the workers as well.”–Ithaca Times

The fifth candidate, John Hertzler, actor and Ulysses Town Councilman, wants to bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas.

“People say the jobs aren’t coming back. In my opinion, that’s B.S. There’s a lot of people that want to do those jobs here in this country and we need to bring them back. It irritates the hell out of me when people give up and sell out. ” Ithaca Times.

I am not certain that President Trump’s view that Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado really do have the need or desire to have thousands of New Yorkers move into their states and take their jobs. It sounds more like an empty success story that Trump likes to uses to misinform his base supporters.

It is important to respond to Trump’s claims. Fight fake news with facts.


About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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17 Responses to Trump to Upstate NYers: Move!

    • pystew says:

      If Reed’s manufacturing summits were successful why would Trump dismiss the potential of Upstate New York? Look at Reed’s dismal record of having his proposals even make it out of committees. Sad.

      Ian Golden said above: “Reed will have occasional photoshoots for media exposure, spins on why tax cuts to the wealthy and deregulation of banks help business in this country…” sounds like this Manufacturing Summit.

      • Arthur Ahrens says:

        I can’t answer why Trump does anything.
        And I did not say that his summits were successful.
        But he’s held quite a few. And gotten great publicity.

        Sure, Reed has an awful record. Which he ignores in his advertising.
        He serves on the Ways and Means Committee.
        He serves on the Subcommittee on Health.
        He serves on the Subcommittee on Human Resources
        He serves on the Subcommittee on Trade
        He’s a member of that 40 member bipartisan committee looking for answers.
        Pretty powerful advertising.

        And no democratic / indivisible presence at Reed’s summit.
        Another missed opportunity for dems.
        Reed continues his march to reelection in 2018.

        • Carol says:

          Reed keeps all his events a secret until after they happen, or Dems and Indivisible would be there.

          • Arthur Ahrens says:

            Not always.
            I know of 2 that were telegraphed way in advance. One was in Corning.
            They were ignored.
            In any event, better intelligence is needed.

    • whungerford says:

      The FLT article on the “Manufacturing Summit” gives no details on any specific proposal to promote manufacturing. Tom Reed poses as an expert but speaks in generalities. This isn’t surprising as Tom Reed, a lawyer, has no experience or education in manufacturing. His current focus on local manufacturers promotes his image as “one of us.”

  1. whungerford says:

    Linking Reed to Trump failed in 2016 which makes me suspicious of that strategy for 2018. I got an automated phone call recently seeking my opinion on Donald Trump. What interests paid for that call wasn’t revealed. I wonder if it was Tom Reed’s survey.

  2. Maureen Harding says:

    Tom Reed’s only intention is to retain his seat at all costs. He never has nor will he ever create an appreciable job or economic growth in the NY23 CD. If we want jobs, we must create our own self sustaining local industries. Stop relying on Government to create jobs. This policy is now long obsolete.

  3. Arthur Ahrens says:

    A Washington Post opinion piece supporting Trump’s view:

  4. pystew says:

    Thanks for the link, Arthur. I find it important to note that it brings up that Trump singled out Upstate NY, that there are other areas that are worst far worst off and mentions Kentucky and other areas. I still stay with Candidate Rick Gallant’s comment that we should not give up on getting good jobs Upstate, and blames Reed’s efforts in improving our jobs situation. Reed goes through the motions, but like his lack of success in getting his bills passed into laws, he lacks success in improving our jobs potential.

    • Arthur Ahrens says:

      You are welcome for the link. I hope that you enjoyed it.

      That said, I feel that I must comment on your, “I still stay with Candidate Rick Gallant’s comment that we should not give up on getting good jobs Upstate, and blames Reed’s efforts in improving our jobs situation.”

      The Republicans spent 8 looooong rears blaming Democrats for negligence and incompetence. Yet they have proven unable to govern even when controlling the Senate, the House and the Presidency.

      I strongly agree that we should not give up on getting good jobs upstate. But blaming the incumbent for incompetence or worse will not get my vote.

      So far, none of the Democratic candidates for NY-29’s congressional seat has provided any plan for improving the job situation in upper NY state. All I see is blame.

      They’ll have to do better than that if they want my vote. I need to know that the Democrats can govern.

      Have the Democrats learned nothing from the Republican mess?

  5. whungerford says:

    We know how to create jobs–invest in infrastructure and public health for example. However,Tom Reed is clueless.

  6. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Reed is clueless in your paradigm. He is an absolute genius in his.

    It is now, and ever will be about Reed getting reelected.

    A strong Democratic presence in NY – 23 might move Reed towards actually accomplishing something. Until that time, it is all smoke, mirrors and a dog and pony show.

    And that’s all that’s needed for him to get reelected.

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