RELEASE: As Trump Declares “Promises Kept,” CAP Action Catalogs His Broken Promises in States Across the Country

Washington, D.C. — As President Donald Trump makes claims about “promises made, promises kept,” the Center for American Progress Action Fund is launching a new national and state-by-state online platform, TrumpsBrokenPromises.org, that uses CAP Action data and analysis—and highlights stories of the serious consequences of Trump’s harmful policies—in order to break down and localize Trump’s broken promises and examine how they are hurting families.

Specifically, the new online platform contrasts promises Trump made in 2016 while campaigning in specific states with reality. Such promises include:

  • “Those with pre-existing conditions will always get the quality coverage they need.”

— Donald Trump in Roanoke, Virginia, September 24, 2016 

  • “I will bring the auto jobs back to America and keep your remaining auto jobs in Ohio.”

— Donald Trump in Toledo, Ohio, October 27, 2016 

  • “No one will gain more from tax cuts than low and middle-income Americans.”

— Donald Trump in Detroit, Michigan, August 8, 2016

Resources on TrumpsBrokenPromises.org:

TrumpsBrokenPromises.org is a resource with national and state-by-state analyses, including data, shareable graphics, charts, storyteller videos, and fact sheets that lay out how Trump’s broken promises have hurt families in each state across a variety of issue areas—such as health care, drug prices, corporate profits versus wages, and taxes. Here are some examples:

  • Michigan: Trump told Michigan autoworkers that he’d save their jobs. Instead, he gave General Motors huge tax breaks as it announced plans to close its Detroit-Hamtramck plant this year, costing the community up to 16,000 jobs.
  • New Hampshire: Trump said that he would end the opioid epidemic in New Hampshire, but his policies devastate communities affected by the crisis. After his first year in office, the state had the fourth-highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the country.
  • Nevada: Trump told Nevadans that he’d make health care “so good and so much less expensive.” However, his health care attacks are a threat to Nevada families, putting at risk protections for the 1.2 million Nevadans with preexisting conditions.
  • Iowa: Trump’s broken promises have serious consequences for Iowa farmers and families. Farm bankruptcies in Iowa nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018, and Iowa farms have faced up to $2.2 billion in trade losses.
  • South Carolina: Trump claimed that he would help South Carolina families. Instead, he repealed rules to help corporations cheat South Carolina workers, costing them $14 million per year in lost overtime wages.
  • California: While the rich got a massive tax cut, Californians are stuck with roads that are falling apart and structurally deficient bridges that Trump promised to fix. Just one year’s worth of Trump’s tax cuts for the top 1 percent of California earners—$4.6 billion—could pay to resurface all of Los Angeles’ roads in need of repair, and then some.
  • Texas: Trump claimed that “no one will gain more from tax cuts than low and middle-income Americans.” Yet 703,610 Texas families paid more in taxes last year due to Trump’s tax scam.
  • Virginia: Trump told Virginians that “those with pre-existing conditions will always get the quality coverage they need.” Yet his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act would strip protections from 3.4 million Virginians with preexisting conditions.
  • Pennsylvania: Trump told Pennsylvanians that he’d “be opening brand new factories across this state.” Yet his erratic trade-war-by-tweet policies have actually put up to 14,000 Pennsylvania factory jobs at risk.
  • Florida: Trump claimed that his tax bill would dramatically cut taxes in Florida. In reality, 545,880 Florida families paid more in taxes last year due to Trump’s tax scam.
  • Ohio: Trump promised to save manufacturing jobs in Ohio. Instead, he gave car companies a massive tax break and incentives to ship jobs overseas. General Motors is closing its Lordstown, Ohio, plant this year, costing the community up to 16,000 jobs.
  • Colorado: Trump promised to protect Dreamers. Less than a year after taking office, Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, putting in jeopardy the futures of 37,700 eligible Dreamers living in Colorado.
  • Wisconsin: Trump promised to stand up for Wisconsin farmers, but his erratic trade policies have only made things worse. Last year, Wisconsin lost nearly 700 dairy farms.
  • North Carolina: Trump boasted on the campaign trail that he was “going to start making things in North Carolina again.” Here’s the reality: Trump’s erratic steel and aluminum trade policies will result in close to 13,000 job losses in North Carolina, many of which are in manufacturing.
  • Arizona: Trump assured Dreamers that they should “rest easy” and that he was not interested in targeting them for deportation. But less than a year after taking office, he ended the DACA program, putting in jeopardy the futures of 63,000 eligible Dreamers living in Arizona.
  • Georgia: Trump promised to bring new jobs and higher pay for workers. Instead, he eliminated worker and consumer protections, costing Georgians $363 million in retirement savings and $1.1 billion at the gas pump.

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