Since reality show host and corporate blowhard Donald Trump has decided to express his political views and go through the motions of being a serious political candidate, we’re happy the treat him as one. While the Donald breathlessly blew his own horn this morning regarding the President’s birth certificate (something this shameless self-promoter does frequently), he also took aim at China and its economic policies, exposing himself as a hypocrite.
While visiting a defense contracting firm in New Hampshire, Trump showed diplomatic skill not seen since the days of George W. Bush, when he criticized China.
“China is raping this country,” Trump told employees at Wilcox Industries, a company that manufactures tactical equipment for U.S. military forces.
These comments followed Trump’s earlier remarks at a press conference where he blasted China for “ripping off this country.”
Methinks the gent doth protest too much.
Guess whose men’s clothing line is made in China? That’s right, the Donald J. Trump Collection is produced in China, where it wouldn’t be surprising if he is exploiting the cheap labor to pad his bottom line.
Now, Trump has long complained about Chinese currency “manipulation” and has called for a large tariff on imports of products from China in order to bolster U.S. manufacturing. But he has also gone further, urging Americans to buy fewer products from China, claiming that Chinese goods are shoddy and maintaining that, in his own business dealings, he favors American manufacturing over Chinese manufacturing.
All of which makes it a little strange that Trump’s own brand of clothing is made in China.
It’s hardly surprising to us that the words and deeds of a corporate magnate such as Donald Trump do not match. If he is to run for President, Mr. Trump can expect a full airing of his words and deeds.