President-elect Donald Trump issued a series of tweets last night which went after Chuck Jones, a leader of the local steelworkers union in Indianapolis who has been critical of the deal Trump brokered with Carrier.
We spoke with James Briggs of the Indianapolis Star to see how the city was reacting to the news.
How the state of Indiana feels about Chuck Jones:
Yeah, well I think Chuck Jones has a lot of support in Indianapolis, regardless of what people think of his politics. He’s had a big presence in the community particularly as people he represents have been getting laid off. Even Governor Mike Pence tweeted about Chuck Jones a few months ago saying he’s glad to be working with people like Chuck Jones to save jobs in Indiana.
On how Indianapolis feels about this attention:
Well, I think the answer to that probably falls along partisan lines as so many things do, but I think you saw a lot of appreciation for Donald Trump and the deal that he reached last week. Certainly, no matter how you criticize this deal, the number of ways that you can, 700 plus people are keeping their jobs who thought that, for the last nine months, they were going to be laid off. People in this community are thankful for that intervention by the incoming Trump administration, but at the same time, a lot of people also are very skeptical, not only because Indiana is putting incentive money toward that deal, but also because, you know, economists and others have rightly pointed out that’s not necessarily a sustainable economic development model to negotiate one factory at a time to save jobs.
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