Manufacturing Trade Groups Decry President Trump After Insurrection Attempt
After a somber day in our nation’s history following a failed insurrection attempt at the capitol building, manufacturing trade groups have wasted no time in making their voices heard. Among them, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has explicitly called on Vice President Pence to evoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which calls for the removal of a sitting president. It’s a powerful statement from one of the most powerful trade organizations in the country and a scathing example of just how dire the situation is.
An insurrection at the hands of loyalists
The insurrection attempt by President Trump loyalists, encourage by the President himself, saw the destruction and desecration of the Capitol, leaving five dead in its wake — including one police officer beaten to death by the mob. During and immediately after the situation, voices from all corners of industry rose up to decry those who participated and those who enabled them.
Since the beginning of his presidency, manufacturers have generally aligned themselves with the Trump Administration and its promises to bring manufacturing back to American soil. However, this trust has eroded over the President’s term, strained by issues such as failure to meet reshoring goals, ongoing trade wars, and the inability to form meaningful trade agreements. The President’s encouragement of domestic terrorists was the final straw in an already strained relationship.
NAM’s statement about the Capitol violence
In a statement released by NAM shortly after the insurrection attempt, NAM states:
“Throughout this whole disgusting episode, Trump has been cheered on by members of his own party, adding fuel to the distrust that has enflamed violent anger. This is not law and order. This is chaos. It is mob rule. It is dangerous. This is sedition and should be treated as such. The outgoing president incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy. Anyone indulging conspiracy theories to raise campaign dollars is complicit.”
The statement goes one step further, calling on Vice President Pence to consider evoking the 25th amendment, which removes a sitting president for abdication of duty or inability to function as the Head of State.
Beyond posturing, NAM makes a stand
NAM’s clear condemnation of President Trump and those who supported him in a violent insurrection attempt shows the organization’s commitment to domestic manufacturing beyond partisan politics. It also shows the power of reason.
Manufacturing and the Trump Administration have been closely tied together since he was elected, running on a platform of bringing manufacturing jobs back to American soil. Breaking with the president in no uncertain terms reiterates a commitment to the growth and success of manufacturing first.
NAM isn’t the only trade organization to take a stand against the President. Dozens of prominent industry groups and CEOs have come out in condemnation of the attack on the Capitol, showing their willingness to break ranks with political allies to preserve the health, sanity, and freedom of the republic.