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Joy Reid: ‘Donald Trump is already screwing over the white working class’

According to Joy-Ann Reid, Trump voters have been conned by the president-elect.

In an op-ed for The Daily Beast, political commentator and MSNBC national correspondent Joy Reid writes that frustrated voters who voted for Obama in ’08 and ’12 are going to be sorely disappointed if they’re expecting president-elect Donald Trump to make their lives “great again.”

“You voted for Donald Trump, thinking that he was on your side; that he will save your jobs and your way of life, whatever you imagine that is. Well, you got played,” Reid wrote.

Reid added that Trump has “never given a damn” about working people during his entire professional career.

“When he tore down the old Bonwit Teller building—where my Jamaican godmother was one of the few black women allowed to work as a cashier in the 1960s to build Trump Tower, Trump used undocumented white laborers, mostly Polish, to do it,” Reid recalled. “When his company forced them to work in deplorable, dangerous conditions and even failed to pay them the meager wages they were promised and they complained, Trump threatened to have them deported.”

“In fact, he has rarely used American steel in the few buildings he’s actually built,” she said, pointing to Trump’s hypocrisy on American steelworkers, constantly saying he wants to help them but opting instead for Chinese steel.

“Now, your supposed hero of the working class, the ‘blue collar billionaire,’ who, you insisted, both during the campaign and afterward, heard you, understood you, spoke to you, and cared about you.

But as Reid points out, Trump is using his Twitter account to attack American civilians.

Trump used his Twitter account this week to savage United Steelworkers 1999 of Indiana and its president, Chuck Jones, an ordinary working man, who dared to tell the truth about the phony Carrier deal that the media shamefully allowed Trump to ride to glowing headlines and boosted poll numbers.”

She slammed the conspiracy theories that were disseminated amongst die-hard Trump supporters, namely the claim that Hillary Clinton along with the military would enact a massive gun-confiscation program.

“The way Barack Obama sent fleets of black helicopters to take them, right?” she asked sarcastically.

“Just pause for a moment to think about how ridiculous that sounds; sending who, the military? Door to door to collect your silly firearms? Wake up, people! That idea is as foolish as the notion that before Nov. 9 you weren’t allowed to say ‘Merry Christmas.’”

“Your guns are safe. They always were. Instead, while Trump is entertaining you by hiring white generals named ‘Mad Dog’ to make you feel powerful again, the Republicans in Congress fully intend to take away every program that saved your parents and grandparents from the Great Depression.”

You can read Reid’s op-ed in full here.

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