When it comes to hypocrisy, no one does it quite like the Trumps.
Case in point: As Donald Trump was making the speech at his inauguration in January, one of things he said was that he would create jobs by following:
“Two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”
But as those words were leaving Papa Trump’s big mouth, his daughter, Ivanka, was watching and waiting for 53.5 tons of Ivanka Trump-branded clothes, handbags, and shoes which were on the way from China. They arrived not long afterwards in eight shipments.
And even as you read this, at least one shipment per business day of Ivanka’s shoes and other iterms continues to set sail from China, according to the French news organization Agence France-Presse.
On the 2016 campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly accused China of “stealing” manufacturing jobs from the United States. Yet his entire clothing line, in addition to Ivanka’s, is also made elsewhere, yet no one ever seems to bring this up when the so-called president has the gall to throw a punch at China. That is the height of arrogance, entitlement, and hypocrisy.
When Ivanka is asked about why she outsources jobs to China, she uses the line that she “didn’t have any experience in production and manufacturing” and that’s she’s much more of an entrepreneur instead of a fashion designer. And while that may be true, she could have insisted that her clothing line be made in the United States. After all, the clothes carry her name, so she has more than a bit of leverage in that regard.
The real reason both Trumps have their products made in China is a bottom line one: It’s cheaper to manufacture items in China than it is in the U.S. They made a business decision that hundreds of other companies have also made. But to then stand up and lecture the rest of us on the matter is not only hypocritical, it’s just downright dishonest.
The Trump motto should be: Do as we say, not as we do.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org