The wrath of President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter knows no bounds. He flew off the handle once again on Wednesday night, tweeting a derogatory remark about Carrier’s union boss, Chuck Jones.
After Trump posted the malicious tweet, Jones received threatening phone calls, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
“Nothing that says they’re gonna kill me, but, you know, ‘you better keep your eye on your kids,’” Jones said. “‘We know what car you drive.’ Things along those lines.”
Jones is the president of United Steelworkers 1999, which provides representation for workers at United Technologies Corp’s air conditioner manufacturer Carrier plant in Indianapolis.
Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016
If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016
Jones had told both CNN and the Tribune that Trump fudged numbers regarding how many jobs the Carrier deal would prevent from being moved to Mexico. After all, he should know, considering that he is the leader of Carrier’s union.
He explained that the reality of the situation was that Trump could take credit for rescuing only 800 jobs, not over 1,100. A spokesperson for Carrier confirmed that Jones’ tally was indeed fact, and Trump had misspoken. The union leader reportedly said, “But [Trump] got up there, and, for whatever reason, lied his a** off.”
“Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers,” he added. “I almost threw up in my mouth.”
Needless to say, Jones did not vote for Trump in the November election.
Jones explained that Trump was trying to earn points by adding in an extra 350 engineering jobs to his number of “saved jobs,” but in fact those headquarter jobs were never scheduled to leave anyway. A substantial 550 union members are set to lose their positions at Carrier, while the company will collect $7 million in tax breaks over the span of a decade. About 1,300 people are losing their jobs at Carrier in total.
“We had a lot of our members, when the word was coming out at 1,100, they thought they would have a job,” Jones said.
According to the Post, Jones didn’t seem too phased by the threats, as he’s apparently used to living under that sort of pressure.
“I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and you know I’ve heard everything from people who want to burn my house down, shoot me…” he said. “So I take it with a grain of salt… I’m not concerned about it and I’m not getting anybody involved.”
To top it off, he said, “I can deal with people that make stupid statements and move on.”
These are wisely-spoken words from a man who clearly knows what he’s talking about.
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