Ypsilanti rolls out the red carpet for President Trump

Yesterday afternoon, the good people of Michigan braved the cold to welcome President Trump, who, for some reason, had chosen Ypsilanti as the backdrop for his announcement that he’d be eliminating fuel efficiency standards passed into law during the Obama administration in order to address global climate change, essentially saying “fuck you” to future generations. [I’d like to say I’m surprised, but, really, what did we think was going to happen? He is, after all, the same many who once tweeted that global warming is a Chinese hoax.] While I couldn’t make it, as something had suddenly come up, several good people were kind enough to share their photos with me. Here are just a few.[The last three come by way of our friend Steve Neavling, who covered the protest for the Motor City Muckraker. I’m sorry, but I can’t recall where I got all the other ones, as over a dozen people sent me images and links.]

Ironically, Trump’s Ypsilanti speech, which was apparently made in front of an audience of about three thousand people, came a day before his budget was to be released… a budget which, according to this morning’s Detroit Free Press, proposes “altogether eliminating funding for Great Lakes restoration efforts, eradicating tens of millions of dollars in annual funding for Detroit and slashing job training funds, heating assistance for the poor and a vast array of other long-standing programs.”

Here, for those of you who were outside protesting, is video of what Trump said inside the Willow Run Airport hanger, beneath a “Buy American – Hire American” banner, which, by the way, I found incredibly ironic given yesterday’s “Ivanka Trump was importing 50 tonnes of Chinese clothing as her father was saying ‘buy American’” headline in the Independent.

And here, from MLive, is video from outside the invitation-only event, where about one dozen Trump supporters faced off against a few hundred protestors. [My favorite part is the Trump supporter on the motorcycle who keeps revving his engine in an attempt to drown out the protestors.]

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  1. Elliott
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    They kept the protestors miles away from the site of Trump’s speech, and rerouted his motorcade to another entrance, so, as far as he knows, it was all love.

  2. Jean Henry
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    Rob Cortis, the Trump supporter with the “unity bridge” featured in the MLive piece, owned Barnstormer’s in Whitmore Lake, where he defrauded lots of wedding customers and where a suspicious fire netted him an insurance windfall after closing. Acquaintances suggested he may be trying to draw fire by going to protest sites in order to file suit. That seems a stretch, but, it’s safe to say, his business practices are similar to his heroes. PS Barnstormers sits abandoned to this day. http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/owner-of-shuttered-wedding-hall-in-cancun-on-business-as-couples-seek-refunds/

  3. Jean Henry
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Cortis also sued Livingston County for shutting him down.

    He’s running a less than successful go fund me page to pay for the unity bridge (or maybe his bills). https://www.gofundme.com/trump-unity-bridge-tour?d=147979388

    He claims he built the bridge for the Trump campaign. He did not. His father built the bridge for a family property in the 80’s, as this article about a suspicious ‘theft’ of the bridge shows: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2014/12/04/forty-foot-bridge-stolen-farmington-hills/19926563/

    The guy seems like a real piece of work. A dirt-bag party impresario, rich kid who regularly defrauds people and sues everyone, who uses politics to grow his personal wealth. Sound familiar?

  4. Jean Henry
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Mr Cortis saw the Trump protesters somewhat differently: “Violent protesters with masks.” He is responsible for the arrest made of a protester who supposedly ripped a flag.
    He is also claiming conversions.


  5. Frosted Flakes
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Meh. We have systems in place to protect us from wrongdoing.

  6. Bethany
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    “Stand up to foreign cheating”??? “Buy American, hire American”, sounds great, but the #1 complaint in the Industry is not having enough people to fill jobs.

  7. Eel
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Trump also went to Tennessee yesterday and couldn’t fill the room. Maybe the American people are finally starting to wake up.


  8. Bob Krzewinski
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    UAW Locals were against having their members attend the Trump appearance at Willow Run but the automakers themselves gave “incentives” for workers to attend and bussed them in – https://www.eclectablog.com/2017/03/detroit-three-automakers-busing-uaw-workers-in-to-cheer-at-trumps-visit-to-ypsilanti-michigan-today.html. Kind of weird considering last year Trump was saying autoworkers make too much money – https://uaw.org/trump-says-uaw-members-make-less-money/. But then in doing union work over 25 years, I have seen workers who forget what side they are on.

    And as long as I am ranting, the Ann Arbor News/M-Live made it sound like there was non-stop confrontation at the anti-Trump rally. I was there most of the time and that was sure not my impression.

  9. Bob Krzewinski
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    On Trumps other appearance in Nashville Wednesday, apparently one women holding a sign up saying “Improved Medicare for All” sets the guy with his finger-on-the-nuclear-trigger off – http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/03/15/protester-interrupts-trump-rally/99235092/

  10. M
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Congressman Dave Trott, who has been dodging his constituents for the past few months, was with Trump yesterday. He also just announced that he’d be hosting a town hall on Saturday in Novi. If you go, you might want to ask him about your health care, and what, if anything, he said to Trump about his proposed budget, which eliminates federal funds for the Great Lakes, slashes heating assistance for the poor, etc.


  11. Bob
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t generally suggest protesting is a waste of time, but this seems like a waste of time. This president is too out of touch to even notice. They certainly don’t care. Money and time better spent at Rick’s door. I can’t believe he had the balls to show up for that abuse. A hollow shell of a human.

    And Jean, libel much? Did that guy fuck you on a prom rental or something?

  12. jean henry
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Never met the guy, Bob. Never been to a prom even. But I know people who do. I just thought it was interesting. The guy filed charges against one of the anti Trump protesters. There’s actually more to that story that I didn’t repeat because it’s he said/she said. What I said is all backed up by media reports, which I provided.

    You’re nothing if not consistent though Bob– my own personal heckler.

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