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RELEASE: CAP Action Memo: 5 Major Promises to Wisconsin Working Families Trump Broke
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RELEASE: CAP Action Memo: 5 Major Promises to Wisconsin Working Families Trump Broke

Washington, D.C. — Tomorrow, President Donald Trump will make his first official campaign trip of the cycle to Wisconsin at a rally in Green Bay. At repeated stops in the state during the 2016 campaign and from the White House itself, President Trump made sweeping promises to Wisconsin families that he continues to break. Here are five big ones:

Promise: “We’re going to take care of our dairy farmers in Wisconsin … You better believe it.” -President Trump, April 25, 2017


  • “Wisconsin lost almost 700 dairy farms in 2018, an unprecedented rate of nearly two a day.” –Milwaukee Journal SentinelApril 4, 2019
  • “Dairy farmers are in crisis—and it could change Wisconsin forever” –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 4, 2019
  • In Cadott, Wisconsin, Les Danielson’s family dairy farm’s fortunes are directly tied to President Trump’s erratic trade policy. Meet Danielson in a newly released CAP Action video, which was part of a targeted paid social media campaign.

Promise: “I am going to … bring thousands of new companies and millions of new jobs onto our shores—and make it very difficult for our businesses to leave.” -President Trump, West Bend, Wisconsin, August 17, 2016


  • Shopko announced it would lay off 1,700 Wisconsin workers—100 of which are in Green Bay—on March 28, 2019.
  • In January 2019, Kimberly-Clark laid off 74 employees in Wisconsin; 400 jobs were saved after state bailout.
  • In April 2019, Foxconn pulled out of President Trump’s deal to bring 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin after the ribbon cutting ceremony with the president.

Promise: “We are going to save your Social Security, and we are going to save your Medicare … Remember that.” -President Trump, Milwaukee, April 4, 2016


  • President Trump’s most recent budget proposed:
    • $845 billion cut to Medicare
    • $1.5 trillion cut to Medicaid
    • $84 billion cut to Social Security

Promise: “On taxes, I am going to give a massive tax cut to every worker and small business in this country.” -President Trump, West Bend, Wisconsin, August 17, 2016


  • 83 percent of President Trump’s tax cuts went to the top 1 percent.
  • More than 10 million working families saw a tax increase this year, 117,252 of which live in Wisconsin.
  • Corporations will receive more than $630 billion worth of tax savings over 10 years.
  • President Trump kept the hedge fund loophole in the tax law after vowing to eliminate it during 2016 campaign.

Promise: “I’m asking for your vote so we can replace Obamacare and save health care for every family in Wisconsin and for every family in our country.” -President Trump, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, November 1, 2016


  • President Trump’s ongoing attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Congress and the courts would result in more than 20 million Americans losing their health care coverage.
  • President Trump is now supporting a lawsuit arguing the law is unconstitutional. Similar to earlier attempts to repeal and replace the ACA, 134 million Americans with preexisting conditions would lose protections—more than 4 million of whom live in Wisconsin—if this suit is successful.

For more information on this topic or to talk to an expert, please contact Freedom Alexander Murphy at [email protected] or 202.796.9712.