The Check In: Trump and Trucking

The Check In: Trump and Trucking


-President Trump was swept
into office in part because of his
supposed blue collar appeal. For example, he promised
that America’s truckers would prosper
under his administration. So how are they doing after
three years under Trump? This is “The Check In.”
[ Cheers and applause ] [ Bell dings ] Trucking is a huge American
industry, worth over $700 billion and employing over 7 million
Americans, which is why Trump pandered
so hard during an event with trucking industry
executives at the White House
a few years ago when he donned
an “I love trucks” button and then played inside of one. [ Crowd applauds ] [ Laughter ] [ Honking ] -Tell me how to get out of here. [ Laughter ] -Nothing says
“I’m a real blue-collar guy” like “How do you get me
down from a truck?” [ Laughter ] This looks like
a geriatric remake of “Smokey and the Bandit.” “Wait for me, Bandit.
Snowman’s gotta pee again. 10-4.”
[ Laughter ] When Trump later addressed
trucking CEOs and executives at the White House, even he had
to admit that he was full of it. -Through day and night
and all kinds of weather, truckers course the arteries
of our nation’s highways. You carry anything
and everything, the food that stocks
our shelves, the fuel that runs our cars, and the steel that
builds our cities. You think I wrote that?
It’s not bad. [ Laughter ] Save that.
I want to save that paragraph. -No one thinks you wrote that.
[ Laughter ] You read that like a kid
reciting a poem in class. “Two roads diverged
in yellow wood.” [ Laughter ] No one even thinks
you wrote this. [ Laughter ] Also, what did you mean
when you said, “I want to save that paragraph”? When will you ever have any
reason to use it again? [ Laughter ] “Happy Valentine’s Day, Melania. You carry anything
and everything. The food that stocks
my shelves.” Now, as Trump waxed poetic
about truck drivers and promised to
put American truckers first, drivers said he hasn’t
delivered. In fact, the Trump
Administration has actually made things worse for many
truckers by enacting policies that hurt
them financially. Take Trump’s tax law,
which he tried to sell as a huge tax break specifically
for truck drivers. And when he touted the plan in
front of hundreds of truckers and industry executives, it was the classic Trump
one-two punch — transparent pandering followed
by incoherent thoughts. -I want to tell you,
to the truckers in this room, which is a lot of people, you’re going to make more money, you’re going to do better
than ever before, more jobs, higher pay,
and lower taxes. This huge tax cut. [ Scattered booing ] Two words.
Huge and now rocket. Can you believe it?
I have ’em in the same — Rocket. You know what we’re talking
about, folks. Don’t worry about it. It will rocket fuel, and it will be rocket fuel
for our economy. -Now that I believe you wrote. [ Laughter and applause ] “It will be huge.” [ Cheering ] “And then rocket fuel, and it will be… rocket fuel.” [ Laughter ] So there you have it. Trump said truckers would
pay less and make more money than ever thanks
to his tax plan. So how did that go? -Do you feel like
this administration is listening to you as truckers?
-No, ma’am. -No, they’re not listening,
not at all. -They say some of their issues
affect all Americans, like the Republican-led
tax bill. How many of you,
by a show of hands, saw your taxes increase
this year? -They all went up, yeah. -One, two.
-Yeah, this year they went up. -One, two — all of you? So most of you saw
your taxes increase? The reason?
Something called a per diem. In the past, truckers could
deduct things like food and daily expenses
from their taxable income. Now, with Trump’s new tax bill,
they no longer can. -I have a young family at home
and with our per diem, they took the per diem out. That made an $8,000 difference. -$8,000?
-What I personally paid. -So what were you paying
in taxes last year? -Nothing.
-Amazing. So while the tax plan
lowered rates for trucking industry executives who make millions of dollars
a year, it only made things worse
for those actually doing the driving. In fact, because of
Trump’s tax law, accountants have had to tell
truck drivers that after years of being able to count on
receiving tax refunds, that they in fact would owe
thousands of dollars. As one small fleet owner put it,
they got screwed. It’s so bad, a lot of them can’t
even afford clothing for the women on their
mud flaps. [ Laughter ] And in this case, a lot
of the people getting screwed voted for Trump,
and they aren’t just worse off because of his tax law. Truckers are also hurting
because of Trump’s trade wars and tariffs, which, again,
is a direct contradiction to what he had promised. -America first means putting
American truckers first. When companies stay in America
and move to America, it’s our wonderful workers
who reap the rewards, including our great truckers
who will have more products to deliver
and more contracts to fill. That’s the way it happens. -Well, it turns out
that’s not the way it happens. In fact, the exact opposite is
what ended up happening. -Industry data shows the rates
trucking companies charge are down nearly as much as 17%. The reason? In part,
the President’s trade war. With fewer goods like steel
and electronics coming into U.S. ports, fewer trucks are
needed to move them. -These tariffs are having
real-life consequences on states that rely on,
for instance, trucking. These states, many of them voted
for President Trump. Some of America’s biggest
trucking companies are blaming the U.S./China
trade war along with new tariffs for hurting their bottom line. -That’s right.
Because of Trump’s trade war, trucks have less to haul. But Trump would probably say,
“If you think about it, that means they can drive
smaller trucks and then it’ll be easier
to get down from them.” [ Laughter ] “Because they’re very high
in the air.” So Trump’s tax law
and his trade wars have had a negative impact on truckers. In fact, one of the few policies
Trump enacted that trucking industry lobbyists
actually pushed for is one that arguably puts
everyone else on the road in danger. -The transportation department
is moving to relax federal regulations
on the number of hours that truckers can be
behind the wheel. -Highway safety advocates say
the contemplated changes would weaken the regulations
leading to driver fatigue, making roads
more dangerous. -They say truckers will put in
even longer days at a time when they say driver fatigue
is a serious problem. -For someone who loves trucks
so much, Trump doesn’t seem to care much about the condition
of the person behind the wheel. Maybe he doesn’t even realize
there are drivers. “I just assume the trucks
go all day and then at night
they turn back into giant robots and go to sleep.”
[ Laughter ] So thanks to Trump’s policies,
truckers are forced to work more for less pay in potentially
harmful conditions. And his ongoing trade wars could
put thousands of truck drivers out of work entirely. So the best we can hope
for is that truckers return the favor in 2020. This has been “The Check In.” ♪♪
[ Cheers and applause ] [ Bell dings ]

100 comments

  1. In the 1930's the Republican party had both houses of Congress and then boom,The Great Depression was upon us,now it's 2019 so don't be surprised if the market crashes, the 401K lose half of the value overnight ! Your in for the ride of your life so hold on !

  2. This shameless goofball who looks pretty stupid now… should remember how he mocked Trump for even running for President. Superloser.

  3. ELD's and other restrictions killing the trucking industry. that small group of steering wheel holders are obviously company drivers. I drove for years, the aca wiped out my check. friends that own small fleets are doing great. the perdium is a false wage. like getting a title with no power or raise. if they renegotiate their wages to an actual pay rate they will be able to write off expenses. the perdium cut was to go after abusive company's using it as cost of living not a wage.

  4. Sounds like he’s saying grace. Truckers great 👍 Truckers good. I can’t see above the hood. I’ll toot the horn and take your cash. Great deals coming no perdiem cash

  5. As a future trucker, I'm still looking forward to getting out on the road and making a career out of it. Trucking is still a great career path, and I'm excited to start working behind the wheel!

  6. Trucking has become VERY OVER REGULATED. Get rid of DOT bullshit and driver logs! And also the emissions bullshit!

  7. Had to tell several people while doing their taxes that they were losing thousands of dollars in deductions thanks to the loss of schedule A misc deductions. Several of those people couldn't believe that it was drumpf's fault. Some blamed democrats, somehow. Many said they'll vote for drumpf again because "he just needs time to fix things and people need to stop fighting against him." Being "country boys" as many of those drivers were, I'm sure they'll vote for anyone that says "Jesus" enough and also hates gays and abortions. Because that's all that matters to the uneducated morons. Enjoy paying more taxers until you lose your job, and stop taking your frustrations out on your tax preparer, you colossal idiots.

  8. Dont you people look into the character of the person your voting for, people have died around the world for the right to vote, you , throw your away of idiots, then why complain? ?
    my problem is that this sexist,racist ,narcissistic megalomaniac is going to F**K it up for the whole world…. AND WE KNEW HE WAS A LYING CONMAN.

  9. Trump is playing with other people’s money like the way he played the bankers by filing for bankruptcies. Once a con artist is always a con artist. Rinse and repeat.

  10. Some guy 70 years old, plays golf constantly and has never showed any sign of caring about workers during his entire life.

    Then comes 2016: Workers: He's our hero!

  11. Republican blue-collar workers are idiots voting against their own interests? Who knew? Oh, the Schadenfreude… Truckers, miners, farmers… Hope you learned something.

  12. I’m a trucker and I lost nearly 35% of my income due to this stupid trade war. Rates are cheap and freight volume are down. It has totally changed my business plan. I didn’t vote for Trump and I’m not planning on voting for him.

  13. Trump doesn’t realise that rocket fuel is actually corrosive and extremely poisonous, much like the cult of republicanism.

  14. You must be a dumb, deaf, blind, old, white or racist to vote for a racist, accused of morally crimes human. May the creator helps all of us and guides us on the path of righteousness. Amen.

  15. I'm involved in transportation with trucking and this is 100%, we have seen a drop in at least 10%-20% of revenue consistently for the last 2 years. My drivers have been stuck at home at times for weeks with no business efficient enough to even start the rig at times. Luckily being a small business we have the capability to evolve into other fields so we have been blessed to not need to downsize. People deny a recession but in TRUCKING we have been facing recession along with almost certain Extinction for the last 2 years and the only ones to prosper at this time are the big corporations which received tax cuts and even during these times they are beginning to feel the struggle. I personally have witnessed multiple companies shut their doors or allow to be bought out by a big corporation for a desperate price. Come 2020 from a trucking company helping feed and cloth our fellow brother and sister Americans throughout the states please vote and consider the hardship we have faced which is still ongoing like a snowball gaining speed down the Grand Canyon. God help us.

  16. Same issue here. I had to move for work but the move was not paid by my employer. I could not deduct any of it on my taxes. No business expenses or costs could be deducted. Thanks trump! 🙁

  17. Good for them. If it not broken dont fix.. Thay vote for him.. And thay will again. Because trump got them at racism😜

  18. I don't think anyone in history has conned so many people as Trump. The fact that 30% of the country still buys into his bulls**t is unbelievable.

  19. And trucking companies lie to their job applicants. They promise you short trips and six weeks later (and six weeks away from your families, you may get abandoned far away to find a way home. Also, you have to pay tolls and misc expenses…and they may reimburse you. This is an expensive job for the drivers.

  20. Truckers should get behind Andrew Yang. He is the only Presidential Candidate talking about how Driverless trucks are not far away.

  21. What a load of garbage. As a driver I have made more with his tax cuts than ever…plus my company (not a crap mega) has had pay increases and upped our safety bonuses directly because of the Trump tax cuts. As for per diem…my company offers it….sucks if yours doesn't. Means you probably work for some low life or a mega.

  22. I like your rhetoric. I really do. And the criticism is fair. I can’t wait to elect Trump out of office. However, have you ever had dirt under your nails? Do you have one callous on your palm, other than… well, your Richard beater? You’re not helping the middle class blue collar worker. Come to my job, do what I do for 8 hours, keep up with me, and let us see if there is a “Closer Look”.

  23. It's an even bigger more complicated picture. I'm a trucker and trucking is dying fast. Rates are down but drivers need more money and don't want to be living on the road is the simple version

  24. What chemicals were used and then poured into our planet's waters afterwards to make those creepy jean tears so a gigantic rear can waddle around on my screen? Seth, time to own Integrity.

  25. Perhaps Donald is simply making the truckers become aware that soon all their jobs will be lost to driver less vehicles?

  26. We do Not have enough Darwin awards for all these self-destructive trumpist idiots. Now, if we can just keep them from pro-creating…..

  27. I’m a trucker They taking almost 1/2 off my cheek Avery week and Now Is in September and I still no got my taxes money back.

  28. There wont be any automated trucks mayb theyll drive a couple hundred miles straightshot i just dont see em long haul the industrys too complex as far as the road goes be very irresponsible to have 80000 lbs driving itself . I just dont see it .

  29. The hours of service part is misleading. The proposed regulations do not extend drive time, it makes it slightly more flexible, which means a driver can stop and nap etc if need be. This was so close to being an accurate story until the end…

  30. SO I say all that voted for the clown Trump , Are you going to vote for him again ? If so you will get what you deserve. My mother would say " believe none of what you hear, 1/2 of what you see, and all of what you know. Trump, don't show me the moon in the water, I can see it up in the sky.

  31. Truckers need to set themselves as corporations. Did truckers not get the hint when trump cut all those corporate taxes? It's the truckers own fault.

  32. This is a huge deal because there are over 3 million truckers. If they all actually paid higher taxes then Trump is in trouble in 2020

  33. It is so hilarious that exactly the people who voted for this buffoon are the ones who suffer the most,… by the gods, Karma is a sweet thing.

  34. Obviously when he says America first he isn't talking about the American workers or truckers. He is talking about the 1% getting better benefits.

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