Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Trump Will Have To Put a Tariff on Himself

According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, most of the clothing Americans buy at Walmart and Target is made abroad, including 97% of apparel and 98% of shoes.

All during the recent presidential campaign, Donald Trump made hay with working-class audiences by attacking companies that have sent jobs overseas. He bragged that he would impose tariffs on goods made in China and elsewhere, when those companies should be keeping jobs in the U.S.

But guess what? All the shit that Trump sells at the Trump Tower gift shop -- "Trump National Golf Club" caps and Trump Tower hoodies and $65 white golf shirts -- is manufactured overseas. The vast majority of daughter Ivanka's clothing and accessory lines is made in various Asian countries, including most especially Japan. 

Ivanka was criticized for meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan immediately after the election while also completing a licensing deal with a company whose largest shareholder is wholly owned by the Japanese government.

Almost all of Ivanka's goods are made overseas, according to a New York Times investigation:
[A] review of shipments compiled separately by Panjiva and ImportGenius, two trade databases ... tallied 193 shipments for imported goods associated with Ms. Trump for the year through Dec. 5, mostly Chinese-made shoes and handbags. Her dresses and blouses are made in China, Indonesia and Vietnam, according to a review of hundreds of clothing tags and financial documents filed by G-III.
So, yeah, slap a big fat tariff on that stuff, Mr. Trump! You go right ahead and do that.

In the meantime, we'll have another cup of coffee while we wait and wonder when your low-information idolaters will finally figure out that you're nothing but a serial liar, a bloated braggart, and a blow-hard.

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