The name Chuck Jones has gotten plenty of attention, as reported by the Inquisitr, in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump tweeting direct insults that called Chuck a man who has done a “terrible job” representing United Steelworkers Local 1999. Trump also turned blame on United Steelworkers Local 1999, led by Chuck, when Trump tweeted that if the steelworkers were any good, approximately 1,250 Carrier jobs would not be moving away to Mexico under Jones’ lead. Whereas 550 Carrier factory jobs in Chuck’s Indiana plant at the center of the controversy alone are moving to Mexico, another 700 Carrier jobs are also still moving to Mexico, Jones told CNN. Chuck can be seen in the below video.
According to the Washington Post, Jones still has an outdated “flip” type of cellphone, therefore Chuck did not see Trump’s tweets — but Jones’ friend of nearly 40 years called Jones to tell him that the coming Commander-in-Chief was badmouthing Chuck on Twitter. Jones thought it wasn’t very nice for Trump to write about him, and neither did people tweeting under the viral #ImWithChuck hashtag. According to Twitter, the #ImWithChuck hashtag was trending, with approximately 7,000 tweets coming into Twitter with folks using #ImWithChuck to show their support for the union leader.
“My first thought was, ‘Well, that’s not very nice.’ Then, ‘Well, I might not sleep much tonight.’ “
President-elect Trump turned his wrath on Chuck after Jones said Trump lied about the number of jobs actually staying in Indiana, reports the Washington Post. Whether Trump was given the wrong numbers or intentionally misled the Carrier audience about the number of jobs leaving for Mexico and those remaining in Indiana remains to be seen. Chuck said that he felt there was a dog-and-pony show being put on when Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence came to the Carrier factory on Thursday, December 1, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
When talk of a negotiated deal with Carrier meant that more than 1,100 jobs would be saved began floating around, Chuck said some Carrier workers believed that meant their jobs might be spared. Instead, 550 people from Chuck’s Indiana plant alone realized their jobs were still moving to Mexico. The Washington Post publication reported that Chuck began receiving phone calls on Wednesday evening, only 30 minutes after Trump focused his tweet against Jones. The troubling phone calls featured one person asking Chuck what kind of car Jones drives, whereas another person threatened Chuck with the words that claimed, “We’re coming for you.”
The Washington Post updated their article with more details about threats Jones told MSNBC Chuck said he received via phone — not knowing how the callers got Chuck’s phone number. Either way, the disturbing threats focused on Jones’ car and Chuck’s children. Chuck reported that after being a union boss for three decades, Jones was used to threats and “stupid statements” from people trying to scare him with talk of burning down Chuck’s house or shooting Jones.
“Nothing that says they’re gonna kill me, but, you know, you better keep your eye on your kids. We know what car you drive. Things along those lines. I’ve been doing this job for 30 years, and I’ve heard everything from people who want to burn my house down or shoot me. So I take it with a grain of salt and I don’t put a lot of faith in that, and I’m not concerned about it and I’m not getting anybody involved. I can deal with people that make stupid statements and move on.”
President-elect Trump can be seen in the above photos, talking and shaking hands with Carrier factory workers at Carrier Corporation on Thursday in Indianapolis.
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