Trump touts economic plans, blames Democrats for Detroit's woes
DETROIT (WJBK) - Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump stood in front of the Detroit Economic Club on Monday to present his economic plan.
Trump's hour long speech was filled with interruptions from hecklers and criticism of his rival, Hillary Clinton.
Trump laid out his plan on how he plans to bring strength to America's economy. Using Detroit as a backdrop, Trump reminded America of the city's tattered storyline as example of what not to do, while still promising hope for the city.
His plan, which he said was formulated with the help of his daughter Ivanka, includes the following: new childcare deductions for parents, a plan to increase in domestic energy production, pause new regulations coming out of Washington, and cap corporate tax rate at 15%
Trump made the case for why he would be the right man for the job while unbashfully nipping at Detroit's still unhealed economic wounds, post bankruptcy. A city trying to rise back, whose failure he places blame on the backs of Democrats.
"Before NAFTA went into effect, there were 285,000 auto workers in MI. Today, that number is only 160,000. Detroit is still waiting for Hillary Clinton's apology. She has been a disaster, Obama has been a disaster," Trump said.
A member of the Detroit Economic Club and Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell wondered how Trump could blame democrats alone
"I have talked to Hillary Clinton when this industry was in trouble and I'll never forget it. I'll never forget how scared I was. She was somebody that called me and said what do we need to do? She rolled up her sleeves and helped make sure we saved anindustry. He opposed it. He didn't help it. We would have lost those jobs we still have if he would have been there," Dingell said.
Meanwhile, Trump's speech was punctuated by some 14 protesters who interrupted his speech, which he referenced twice as they were escorted out of the building.
Outside, however, there was no escorting the protesters, among them is former State Representative Rashida Tlaib. She was joined by other protesters who were loud outside the Cobo Center. That includes UAW members who say Trump's past suggestions at moving jobs out of Michigan makes him a bad choice for president.
Trump took credit for New York City's return and claims his plans would help turn Detroit roar back to the city it once was.