Democrats are warning President Trump’s truck floor mat campaign against the auto bailout by using a campaign slogan: “Truck Floor Mat Fight.”
“The auto bailout is a huge threat to working families, seniors, children, and all Americans who depend on them for their economic security and basic living standards,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
“We must fight for an end to the bailout and fight for a $15 minimum wage.
We must make the auto industry safer, not more expensive, and invest in roads, bridges, and ports.
We cannot continue to let this be a political football.”
Trump has been a staunch opponent of the auto and truck bailout.
During the campaign, he vowed to roll back the $1.9 trillion bailout and threatened to cut off billions in highway and transit funding if Congress fails to pass legislation to pay for it.
But Trump’s stance has softened over time as he has softened his position on other issues, such as tax reform.
Trump also has been an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act, which was passed under President Barack Obama to help millions of Americans gain coverage.
The president’s stance on the auto loan, which Trump said would be “totally paid for” by closing the auto-dealer loophole, has not changed.
Trump on Wednesday tweeted that he is working on a new truck floor, and Schumer said that the truck floor industry was “a big, huge beneficiary of the bailout.”
Schumer and Pelosi have called on the president to make good on his promise to eliminate the auto bailouts.
In March, Schumer said the auto companies are “failing the American people,” while Pelosi said that Trump “is doing everything he can to undermine our auto industry.”
“We have a trillion dollars of taxpayers’ money at stake, and he’s going to keep threatening us and going to do everything he possibly can to try to cut us off,” Pelosi said on MSNBC on May 13.