A man dedicated a portion of his Thursday night to tweeting falsehoods. Normally, this would not be newsworthy, except that said man is also the president-elect of the United States.
Donald Trump took to Twitter to claim that Ford would not be moving a plant from Kentucky to Mexico, and said that the car company's chairman, Bill Ford Jr., called him personally to tell him so.
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Donald Trump's life leading up to the election
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Bound for the rigors of business school in the future, Donald Trump received discipline at an early age by attending a military academy. There, he reportedly excelled in extracurricular activities such as being the Honor Cadet.
Donald Trump in the New York Military Academy's 1964 yearbook
As someone who loves the art of negotiation, Donald Trump was able to negotiate New York City to provide a 40-year tax abatement for the Grand Hyatt Hotel — the first ever granted to a commercial property.
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Master renovator: Trump offered to renovate decrepit areas in need, such as a long-closed ice-skating rink, at no profit to himself, after the city's renovation effort went through five years of delays and more than double the original cost estimate.
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Trump's enterprise also stretched out into sports, where he was the original owner of the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.
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Trump owns a fleet of luxury helicopters.
Donald Trump, real estate mogul, entrepreneur, and billionare, utilizes his personal helicopter to get around on August 1987 in New York City.
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Trump was also notorious for befriending attractive supermodels. His first wife, Ivana, a Czech-American, was a member of the social elite.
Ivana Trump and Donald Trump are seen in December 1982 in New York City.
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No expense was spared for his belongings, as Donald Trump once paid the sultan of Brunei $30 million for a nearly 300-foot yacht.
American businessman Donald Trump and his wife Ivana sit at a table on board their luxury yacht The Trump Princess, anchored outside the Water Club, New York City, July 1988.
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To test the political waters, the potential Reform Party presidential candidate traveled to several areas to address party leaders.
New York real estate developer Donald Trump (L) answers questions as Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura looks on in Brooklyn Park, January 7. Trump said on Friday he "very well might" make a run for president under the Reform Party banner but had not made a final decision. "I'm looking very seriously if I can win," he told reporters. "And if I can win, I believe I can do a very good job." Trump came to Minnesota to raise money for the party's highest elected official, Governor Ventura, who made it clear that he and the New York developer were on the same wavelength.
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Trump also enjoys tennis — he even played a round, wearing his traditional suit, against the legendary Serena Williams.
Developer Donald Trump talks with his former wife Ivana Trump during the men's final at the U.S. Open September 7, 1997. REUTERS/File Photo
He also became the owner of the infamous Miss Universe beauty pageant for many years.
Donald Trump and Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady poses onstage after winning the 2013 Miss USA pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Unbeknownst to many, Donald Trump is a formidable opponent on the green. He owns 15 golf courses.
Donald Trump announced on Saturday, 11/9/02 a major addition to his West Coast properties as he purchased the Ocean Trails Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. He discussed the improvements and additions to the club to members of the Rancho Palos Verdes community on Saturday morning. Ocean Trails made headlines in 1999 when days before its scheduled opening, part of the course's 18th hole slid into the Pacific Ocean. The club will reopen in June, 2003 under Trump's direction.
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Sometimes, negotiating can be a tough sport. What better way to exert your dominance by taking the center stage among the world's most bombastic figures?
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As the fog of the political battlefield has cleared on the Republican side, Trump is now preparing for a likely battle with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump (C), flanked by his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., addresses the media in Chicago May 10, 2006. Trump was in Chicago to speak about his Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago that is being built on the old site of the Chicago Sun-Times building on the north side of the Chicago River.
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Being the entertaining host, Trump also spared no expense in providing a spectacular show for friends and family.
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As a self-proclaimed family man, Trump attended many public events and television shows with his family, even before his current campaign.
Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump attend U.S. Open Tennis Tournament on August 30, 1991 at Flushing Meadows Park in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
As no stranger to the political process, Donald Trump was even acquainted with members of the judicial branch.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (L), serving as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500, speaks to Donald Trump on the starting grid at the Daytona International Speedway February 14. JLS/ELD
Trump famously launched his presidential campaign in June 2015 by coming down an escalator in Trump Tower. Since then, he has weathered waves of controversy to become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
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Trump made his final appeal to voters in swing-states as the contentious campaign drew to a close.
Donald Trump speaks at a rally at SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH, on Nov. 7, 2016, the night before election day. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
President-elect Trump at his election night party at the Hilton Hotel in New York City.
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Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky - no Mexico
According to Trump, he is already saving Kentucky jobs by convincing car manufacturers to stay there, and he is doing it at least partially because Kentucky voted for him in the presidential election. It is concerning, if not surprising, that the future president is apparently playing favorites with states based on which ones like him best. But it is perhaps more concerning that the future president is demonstrating the same propensity towards exaggeration at best and outright lies at worst on social media that he displayed before he won the presidential election.
According to basically every reputable news source and as well as the Ford company itself, there were never any plans for either of the two Ford plants in Kentucky to leave the state for Mexico or anywhere else.
Reuters reports that "Ford has repeatedly said it has no plans to close any U.S. plants and likely could not do so under the terms of the current United Auto Workers contract that expires in 2019," while the Wall Street Journal said that while Ford had "initially planned" to move production of a Lincoln SUV that Reuters describes as "low-selling" out of the state (though where that production would move to — Mexico or otherwise — was never stated), that was so the plant that produced it could devote more resources to the Ford Escape. In summary: The plant itself was never in danger of closing, and it doesn't appear that it would have lost any jobs by stopping its production of that Lincoln SUV, as they would have been re-allocated to the Ford Escape.
The Louisville Courier-Journal published Ford's statement on the matter where it diplomatically and carefully said that it "continue[d] to engage with President-elect Trump's team" and "shared our commitment to continue to investing in the US and creating American jobs." It said that on Thursday, Ford "confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly Plant will stay in Kentucky." So, yes, at least part of Trump's tweets are true. The company also made sure to note that it has invested $12 billion in American plants and created almost 28,000 jobs in the last five years (thanks Obama).
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If anything, Ford's original plans to move the Lincoln SUV's production would have been better for that plant's employees: According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the plant sometimes shuts down for a few weeks when demand for the cars it produces is low, so that the supply can match that demand. When this happens, employees get just 80 percent of their usual pay. This happened just a few weeks ago because, the Courier-Journal said, the Lincoln SUV wasn't selling as well as the "fast-selling" Escape. Ridding the plant of the Lincoln model's production may well have saved employees from a few more weeks shutdowns and 80 percent wages. Oops!
Trump's "friend" Bill Ford said in October that Trump's criticism of Ford's factories in Mexico — which Trump repeatedly used as an example that America was losing manufacturing jobs to other countries as he campaigned on promises that he and he alone would bring those jobs back — was "infuriating" and "frustrating."
Last Tuesday, Ford said it was moving forward with its plans to produce all of its small cars in Mexico by 2018. This would not result in the closure of any plants nor the loss of any American jobs, Ford said. Those plans appear to be unaffected by Trump's phone calls with the company's chairman.
Since his win, Trump has used his Twitter feed to yell at the New York Times and claim that "wow, @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers" when, in fact, it has actually gained tens of thousands of them since the election. He has also tweeted two very different takes on the protests across the country over his win just nine hours apart from each other. And he has praised the electoral college system that won him the election (Hillary Clinton is almost certain to win the popular vote by at least a million when the final count comes in), which was a much different opinion than in 2012, when he thought Mitt Romney won the popular vote and lost the electoral college (Romney actually lost both) and went on a tweet rant-storm about how the "phony electoral college made a laughingstock out of our nation" and called for a "revolution" against the "great and disgusting injustice" that a presidential candidate could win the popular vote but not actually be elected president. Trump has since deleted many of those tweets, for some reason.