This week the White House launched “Made in America Week.” With Donald Trump as president, that theme is hilarious. No, that’s not a figure of speech. I’m really laughing. I sardonically chuckle to myself when I think about Trump promoting made in U.S.A. products while defending his own imports.
During the 2016 campaign when Hillary Clinton pointed out that Trump-branded ties were made in China, Trump made the excuse that the decision to manufacture overseas was a financial one. He told ABC News in June 2016: “Unfortunately, my ties are made in China, and I will say this, the hats — Make America great again — I searched long and hard to find somebody that made the hats in this country.”
Oh, really? I think the fine folks at Unionwear who do produce made-in-U.S.A. hats will disagree. In fact, they made Hillary and Bernie hats during the campaign. And neckties? Trump’s Google-fu is weak. Here are 20 American made necktie brands. If they can make their neckties in the U.S. why can’t Trump? Well he can. He just doesn’t because that would affect his bottom line. And he has no class. Trump neckties are so tacky I’d wouldn’t hang myself with one.
The White House’s defense of Trump’s use of imports is also lame. Sean Spicer, when asked to comment on this, said, “I can tell you that in some cases, there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country.” This is actually true, in some cases. For example, I, coincidentally, was in a hospital waiting room last week and was reading the July/August 2017 issue of Popular Mechanics which had a feature on made-in-U.S.A. products. In it was an article cataloging an impressive array of made-in-America products. However, in a sidebar, John Del Rosario wrote about his fruitless quest to domestically produce a pair of abrasion-resistant motorcycling gloves. Turns out that we just do not have the skills, tooling and materials to manufacture those gloves locally. Okay, I get that. But neckties and MAGA hats are hardly complex, specialized products. But they are cheaper to produce by twelve-year-olds in sweatshops.
Donald Trump promoting made-in-U.S.A. products is about as credible as Team Trump’s evolving story on Don Jr.’s Russia meeting.