Donald Trump has become the epitome of “do what I say, not as I do” during this 2016 GOP presidential primary. The bombastic billionaire and reality TV star has had the audacity to call Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz “nasty,” though one quick look at his Twitter feed reveals him to be so nasty that Webster’s dictionary should have his picture as the definition of the word.
Trump has spent a lot of time railing against the trade deficit with China and the number of manufacturing jobs that the U.S. has lost with so much manufacturing being done in China. But, there is a picture that is now circulating on social media that exposes Trump as both a hypocrite and a liar.
The promise to bring jobs back to America causes Donald Trump’s followers, who he believes would stick with him even if he shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue, to cheer with passion. Trump has criticized American companies for moving some of their operations from the U.S. to places like Mexico.
But, it turns out, Trump must believe he is beyond similar criticism because, to this day, it looks like Trump has his line of Donald J. Trump Collection clothing made in….China.
— Tad Schroeder (@4wildcattad) February 28, 2016
Back in 2011, when Trump entertained the idea of running for the 2012 presidential race, he came under criticism for his hypocrisy in railing against manufacturing being done in China then sold to Americans when it was revealed just how much of his line was manufactured in China, Mexico, Vietnam, Korea, and other foreign countries.
At the same time Trump was speaking in New Hampshire, his Trump Store was contributing to the growth of Chinese manufacturing, arguably at the expense of American workers, selling $80 Trump-branded cotton sweaters and $70 Trump-branded warm-up tops, all made in China. Also available with the made in China tag: golf hats stamped with the Trump crest and stuffed animals.
Visitors also could buy leather made-in-China belts priced at $45 that are advertised as “So soft, it feels like a million bucks.” And in the display case were neat stacks of colorful Trump-branded polo shirts that would be perfect wear for one of Trump’s golf courses. The shirts, which sell for $70, were not made in China, but nearby, in Korea and Thailand.
Among the few items made in the U.S.A.: Trump chocolate bars, books, teas and Christmas tree ornaments, priced at $15 each.
To make matters worse, although Trump’s description of the made overseas products as a sales pitch to consumers included touting the high quality of the items, during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2011, Trump’s words to conservatives in attendance was drastically different.
In comparing things made in China vs. America, Trump said, “Our companies make a better product, that’s very important to know. We make a better product.”
It seems that nothing has changed. Trump will say one thing while doing another and, at the same time, call other people liars, cheats, and frauds. Projection at its finest.