What Trump Promised

 

As a 2016 candidate, Donald Trump made huge promises to Michigan families, claiming that he’d work for them rather than wealthy donors and corporate interests.

He told auto workers that no more factories would leave. He promised to lower drug prices and give Michiganders great health care. He claimed he’d increase wages.

Here’s the Reality

 

He’s siding with insurance companies to end protections for people with pre-existing conditions. He’s siding with drug companies as drug prices soar. And he passed a tax bill that gave almost all the benefits to the wealthy and big corporations, that rewarded companies for moving jobs overseas.

1

Trump’s Broken Promise

"We are going to save health care for every family in Michigan ... Much less expensive. Much better health care."

Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 31, 2016

The Reality

Trump launched an all-out attack on our health care by trying to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

2

Trump’s Broken Promise

“We're going to create great jobs and we're going to get the wages up."

Donald Trump in Dimondale, Michigan, August 19, 2016

The Reality

Trump’s economic policies are delivering huge giveaways to the wealthy at the expense of Michigan families.

3

Trump’s Broken Promise

“No one will gain more from tax cuts than low and middle-income Americans.”

Donald Trump in Detroit, Michigan, August 8, 2016

The Reality

Most of Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut goes to corporations and the rich. Many Michigan families are getting stuck with the bill.

4

Trump’s Broken Promise

“If I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant… The long nightmare of jobs leaving Michigan will be coming to a very rapid end.”

Donald  Trump in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 31, 2016

The Reality

Despite raking in billions in profits from Trump’s tax cut, General Motors is closing its Detroit-Hamtramck plant this year, leaving autoworkers like Dnitra jobless and costing the community up to 16,000 jobs.

5

Trump’s Broken Promise

"In a Trump administration ... we will lower the cost of college and solve the student loan crisis. It’s a crisis. Very unfair."

Donald Trump, October 13, 2016

Reality:

  • In 2019, 44 million people nationwide owe $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.
  • 656,100 people in Michigan owe more than $20,000 in student loans, which is 47.3% of all borrowers, and 43.7% are over the age of 35.
  • Despite Trump’s promises to fix it, the Trump administration has made things harder, and actually tried to cap the amount of loans borrowers can take out, and shrink the number of repayment plans available to them.