October 1, 2022

Hudson: Trump facilitated largest US manufacturing expansion since 1970s

Donald Trump promised in 2016 that the United States would experience unprecedented economic prosperity if he was elected president and Breitbart’s Jerome Hudson writes in a new book that the data proves Trump has fulfilled that promise. 

In his forthcoming book, 50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Trump, Hudson details Trump’s successful efforts to revitalize the US’s struggling manufacturing industry, which had been ravaged by unfair trade deals struck by past presidents.

Outgoing President Obama claimed that the destruction of the US manufacturing industry was inevitable and that the outsourcing of jobs overseas was irreversible.

Obama blasted Trump’s plan to reverse the trend, asking: “What exactly are you going to do? There’s no answer to it. He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, what, how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually, the answer is, he doesn’t have an answer.”

Four years later, America has an answer to that question. Hudson writes:

 It was Barack Obama who oversaw a stagnant and declining manufacturing sector during his eight years in office. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Obama’s economy produced less than 100,000 manufacturing jobs across the nation during his last two years in office. In contrast to Obama, manufacturing jobs started soaring shortly after Trump assumed office in January 2017.

Since the Trump Administration’s red-tape–cutting policies and the tax cut and reform law passed in December 2017, manufacturers added 467,000 jobs, more than six times the 73,000 manufacturing jobs added in Obama’s last two years.

Hudson ran the numbers and found that data shows that under the Trump administration, “two manufacturing jobs were added for every one job added in government at the federal, state, and local level. In contrast, under Obama, almost five government jobs were added for every one manufacturing job.”

Additionally, since Trump’s inauguration in 2017, despite the Democrats’ best efforts, Trump expanded manufacturing employment by 3.7 percent, a stark contrast to the Obama administration’s mere  0.6 percent growth over the last two years of Obama’s tenure.

According to Justin Haskins, the editorial director and a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, Trump’s relentless program of slashing red tape brought about employment gains that “surpass the performance in the first term of every president since the 1970s.”


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