On Wednesday, Donald Trump—taking a break from fabricating lies about illegal voting, whining about Broadway plays, and rare media truth-telling—boasted he had saved 1,000 jobs at air-conditioning company Carrier from being outsourced to Mexico.
Unlike earlier this month, when Trump outright lied about having a part in Ford’s decision not to move a plant from Kentucky to Mexico, the Carrier deal seems to actually be connected to moves made by Trump and his Vice President-elect Mike Pence, but they are not at all what Trump would have you believe about them. Those moves were classic examples of corporate wheeling and dealing that slide huge tax cuts and other bonuses to big business in exchange for small favors.
In a Washington Post op-ed Thursday morning, Bernie Sanders calls Trump out on his lousy deal, which will ultimately cost American workers dearly—the very people the president-elect pretended to care so much about during his campaign.
“Today, about 1,000 Carrier workers and their families should be rejoicing,” Sanders writes. “But the rest of our nation’s workers should be very nervous.”
Trump is slated to crow about the deal with Carrier—which in based in Indiana, where Mike Pence remains governor—at the company’s factory Thursday. But saving 1,000 of the 2,100 jobs at Carrier is not good enough. “Trump made a promise that he would save all of these jobs,” Sanders writes, “and we cannot rest until an ironclad contract is signed to ensure that all of these workers are able to continue working in Indiana without having their pay or benefits slashed.”