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Trump just put a man’s family in jeopardy. In what world is this ever acceptable?


Donald Trump used his Twitter account as a weapon once again, this time to smear a local labor union leader for pointing out his lies about the number of factory jobs the President-elect had saved.

1350 workers at the Carrier gas furnace and fan coil plant in Indianapolis were set to lose their jobs when the company made its expected move of operations to Mexico — Trump promised during the campaign to save the workers’ paychecks. He claimed last week to have saved 1100, but United Steelworkers 1999 president Chuck Jones learned that Trump was including about 500 jobs that were never in peril of leaving, and that 500 of his union members would still be out of work — and Jones exposed Trump’s lie.

Despite Trump making the plant’s fate a key talking-point, the union endorsed Bernie Sanders in April. “Bernie Sanders is the only candidate running for president who will do something to stop this kind of corporate greed if he is elected — because he’s been fighting against it for years,” Jones said in an April statement.

On Tuesday, Jones said Trump “lied his ass off.”

“Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers,”

Now Jones tells NBC that he and his family have been receiving death threats, in a pattern that has become all-to-familiar with Trump and his more militant and deranged following.

“My first thought was, ‘Well, that’s not very nice…Then, ‘Well, I might not sleep much tonight,” Jones told the Washington Post Wednesday night.

Jones later described the threats to MSNBC:

“Nothing that says they’re gonna kill me, but, you know, you better keep your eye on your kids…We know what car you drive. Things along those lines.”

Many are calling on Twitter to suspend or ban Trump for inciting harassment, and many more are simply aghast that the President-elect remains so reckless with the power of his platform.

Instead of rescinding or apologizing, Trump doubled-down two hours later — another familiar pattern — blaming Carrier’s original plan to move to Mexico on the Steelworkers union management, and no doubt inciting more angry people to threaten the life of a private citizen.

 

Kenneth Lipp is a journalist reporting from the Deep South to Philadelphia, covering the Cosby trial, police oversight, covert surveillance, courts, including a recent scoop on the Hemisphere Project, and the best tabloids. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

 



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