With upstate New York reeling from the Globalization Age job losses endemic to so many areas where Trump is winning support, the Republican nominee thinks he can hit Hillary Clinton hard for not doing enough to stop the problem when she was a senator from that state.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton is another all talk – no action ‘politician.’ Just like when she promised 200,000 jobs in Upstate New York & her efforts fell flat,” Trump wrote on Facebook, linking to a Washington Post article about Clinton’s ill-fated promise.
Trump also tweeted a link to his Facebook message.
The Post reported:
Her argument that she would put more Americans to work has focused on her time in the Senate, when she took on the mission of creating jobs in chronically depressed Upstate New York. As her husband, former president Bill Clinton, put it recently, she became the region’s “de facto economic development officer.”
But nearly eight years after Clinton’s Senate exit, there is little evidence that her economic development programs had a substantial impact on upstate employment. Despite Clinton’s efforts, upstate job growth stagnated overall during her tenure, with manufacturing jobs plunging nearly 25 percent, according to jobs data.
Bill Clinton made a bizarre statement during his Democratic convention speech, referring to his wife’s New York Senate win in 2000. He compared the victory to Robert Kennedy’s win, noting that Bobby was also an “outsider.”
“We’d always intended to go to New York [after he left office]…so she decided to give it a try,” Bill Clinton stated. “After a tough battle New York elected her to the seat once held by another outsider, Robert Kennedy.”
Clinton was accused of carpetbagging when she ran for the New York seat.