The Check In: Trump and Trucking

The Check In: Trump and Trucking

-President Trump was swept
into office
in part because of his
supposed blue collar appeal.
For example, he promised
that America’s truckers
would prosper
under his administration.
So how are they doing after
three years under Trump?
This is “The Check In.”
[ Cheers and applause ]
[ Bell dings ]
Trucking is a huge American
worth over $700 billion
and employing over 7 million
which is why Trump pandered
so hard during an event
with trucking industry
at the White House
a few years ago
when he donned
an “I love trucks” button
and then played inside of one.
[ Crowd applauds ]
[ Laughter ]
[ Honking ]
-Tell me how to get out of here.
[ Laughter ]
-Nothing says
“I’m a real blue-collar guy”
like “How do you get me
down from a truck?”
[ Laughter ]
This looks like
a geriatric remake
of “Smokey and the Bandit.”
“Wait for me, Bandit.
Snowman’s gotta pee again.
[ Laughter ]
When Trump later addressed
trucking CEOs and executives
at the White House, even he had
to admit that he was full of it.
-Through day and night
and all kinds of weather,
truckers course the arteries
of our nation’s highways.
You carry anything
and everything,
the food that stocks
our shelves,
the fuel that runs our cars,
and the steel that
builds our cities.
You think I wrote that?
It’s not bad.
[ Laughter ]
Save that.
I want to save that paragraph.
-No one thinks you wrote that.
[ Laughter ]
You read that like a kid
reciting a poem in class.
“Two roads diverged
in yellow wood.”
[ Laughter ]
No one even thinks
you wrote this.
[ Laughter ]
Also, what did you mean
when you said,
“I want to save that paragraph”?
When will you ever have any
reason to use it again?
[ Laughter ]
“Happy Valentine’s Day, Melania.
You carry anything
and everything.
The food that stocks
my shelves.”
Now, as Trump waxed poetic
about truck drivers
and promised to
put American truckers first,
drivers said he hasn’t
In fact, the Trump
Administration has actually
made things worse for many
truckers by enacting
policies that hurt
them financially.
Take Trump’s tax law,
which he tried to sell
as a huge tax break specifically
for truck drivers.
And when he touted the plan in
front of hundreds of truckers
and industry executives,
it was the classic Trump
one-two punch —
transparent pandering followed
by incoherent thoughts.
-I want to tell you,
to the truckers in this room,
which is a lot of people,
you’re going to make more money,
you’re going to do better
than ever before,
more jobs, higher pay,
and lower taxes.
This huge tax cut.
[ Scattered booing ]
Two words.
Huge and now rocket.
Can you believe it?
I have ’em in the same —
You know what we’re talking
about, folks.
Don’t worry about it.
It will rocket fuel,
and it will be rocket fuel
for our economy.
-Now that I believe you wrote.
[ Laughter and applause ]
“It will be huge.”
[ Cheering ]
“And then rocket fuel,
and it will be…
rocket fuel.”
[ Laughter ]
So there you have it.
Trump said truckers would
pay less and make more money
than ever thanks
to his tax plan.
So how did that go?
-Do you feel like
this administration
is listening to you as truckers?
-No, ma’am.
-No, they’re not listening,
not at all.
-They say some of their issues
affect all Americans,
like the Republican-led
tax bill.
How many of you,
by a show of hands,
saw your taxes increase
this year?
-They all went up, yeah.
-One, two.
-Yeah, this year they went up.
-One, two — all of you?
So most of you saw
your taxes increase?
The reason?
Something called a per diem.
In the past, truckers could
deduct things like food
and daily expenses
from their taxable income.
Now, with Trump’s new tax bill,
they no longer can.
-I have a young family at home
and with our per diem,
they took the per diem out.
That made an $8,000 difference.
-What I personally paid.
-So what were you paying
in taxes last year?
So while the tax plan
lowered rates
for trucking industry executives
who make millions of dollars
a year,
it only made things worse
for those
actually doing the driving.
In fact, because of
Trump’s tax law,
accountants have had to tell
truck drivers that after years
of being able to count on
receiving tax refunds,
that they in fact would owe
thousands of dollars.
As one small fleet owner put it,
they got screwed.
It’s so bad, a lot of them can’t
even afford clothing
for the women on their
mud flaps.
[ Laughter ]
And in this case, a lot
of the people getting screwed
voted for Trump,
and they aren’t just worse off
because of his tax law.
Truckers are also hurting
because of Trump’s trade wars
and tariffs, which, again,
is a direct contradiction
to what he had promised.
-America first means putting
American truckers first.
When companies stay in America
and move to America,
it’s our wonderful workers
who reap the rewards,
including our great truckers
who will have
more products to deliver
and more contracts to fill.
That’s the way it happens.
-Well, it turns out
that’s not the way it happens.
In fact, the exact opposite is
what ended up happening.
-Industry data shows the rates
trucking companies charge
are down nearly as much as 17%.
The reason? In part,
the President’s trade war.
With fewer goods like steel
and electronics coming into
U.S. ports, fewer trucks are
needed to move them.
-These tariffs are having
real-life consequences
on states that rely on,
for instance, trucking.
These states, many of them voted
for President Trump.
Some of America’s biggest
trucking companies
are blaming the U.S./China
trade war along with new tariffs
for hurting their bottom line.
-That’s right.
Because of Trump’s trade war,
trucks have less to haul.
But Trump would probably say,
“If you think about it,
that means they can drive
smaller trucks
and then it’ll be easier
to get down from them.”
[ Laughter ]
“Because they’re very high
in the air.”
So Trump’s tax law
and his trade wars have had
a negative impact on truckers.
In fact, one of the few policies
Trump enacted
that trucking industry lobbyists
actually pushed for
is one that arguably puts
everyone else on the road
in danger.
-The transportation department
is moving to relax
federal regulations
on the number of hours
that truckers can be
behind the wheel.
-Highway safety advocates say
the contemplated changes
would weaken the regulations
leading to driver fatigue,
making roads
more dangerous.
-They say truckers will put in
even longer days at a time
when they say driver fatigue
is a serious problem.
-For someone who loves trucks
so much, Trump doesn’t seem
to care much about the condition
of the person behind the wheel.
Maybe he doesn’t even realize
there are drivers.
“I just assume the trucks
go all day
and then at night
they turn back into giant robots
and go to sleep.”
[ Laughter ]
So thanks to Trump’s policies,
truckers are forced to work
more for less pay in potentially
harmful conditions.
And his ongoing trade wars could
put thousands of truck drivers
out of work entirely.
So the best we can hope
for is that truckers
return the favor in 2020.
This has been “The Check In.”
[ Cheers and applause ]
[ Bell dings ]

100 thoughts to “The Check In: Trump and Trucking”

  1. My husband is an owner operator trucker hauling over dimensional flatbed freight.
    This is the WORST year we have seen in 40 years of trucking!
    Freight is down.
    Rate are down.
    Competition is cut throat.
    NO INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND FUNDING, HELD HOSTAGE BY THE FLAMING PILE OF 💩 for the damned border wall is sending the flatbed truck transportation industry into the toilet!
    We have one tractor and 8 trailers, 7 pulled by other owner operators and we are struggling to make our equipment payments and our people keeping their families provided for.
    It’s been bad for the last two years, this being the worst!
    For truckers my ass!

  2. it don't matter what he does, i will never vote democrat cause they all have globalist agendas and want socialism. they want to destroy the constitution and individual rights, the democrats hate this country and want it destroyed so they can hand it over to the united nations to govern with their open borders , anti gun , green new deals and socialism, at least in the constitutional republic i can walk my dog instead of having to eat it. my wife and kids don't have to worry about getting stabbed to death mugged and raped by immigrants because of open borders like is happening in many countries over seas. i can feel safe in my home cause i am armed, and shame on the intruder. i can own my home and don't have to share it with a dead beat who don't wanna work. these are all things all the democrats want to do away with. they will promise you the stars but when they get elected they will do nothing for you. at first it will all seem great free collage, free medical, free housing, free food free everything till the money runs out then we will be eating our pets to survive. cause the rich like Bernie Sanders ain't gonna give up his home or his millions and anyone who thinks he will is an idiot and the same with all the rest of the millionaires in this country once they start to get squeezed they will take their money and assets, businesses and move out of the country so where is your money gonna come from then? the thing about you idiot democrats that gets me is, everyone of these idiots who want socialism have never lived in a country with socialism or ever experienced it, so what in the hell do they know about it? just what they read in books, fact is it has been tried for thousands of years and has never worked.

  3. Well at least he's honest and he admits he didn't write that stuff. Still, he looks like a jackass every time he tries to make a great speech. I like that Democrat Senator 'Tulsi Gabbard'; she has spent time in the military (so she's got balls) and she wants to give America a 'Canadian-type' of health care for everyone, and that is a good thing for everyone. If Tulsi Gabbard were to run for president I think half of Trump's voting base would jump ship and vote for Tulsi.

  4. How does this president have more than a single digit approval rating… It's really quite… I was going to say sad, but honestly I think absolutely… Flabergasting, unbelievable, ludicrous? Maybe all three?

  5. Lots of comments about self-driving tractor and trailers. I don't want to be on the highway with them. What makes anyone think that if self-driving cars can't distinguish between a trash can and a person walking, or gets confused in different lighting and weather conditions, that a self-driving semi will do better? 60 feet long and god knows how many 10's of thousands of pounds hurtling down a highway at 70 mph? I prefer human judgement.

  6. Racists undid everything the black guy did.
    Go fucking figure.🙄
    I'm so tired.
    I've been registering new Democrats since that idiot rode down the escalator.

  7. I have no idea why anyone that makes less than 200k a year want this man as a president. He is an egocentric village idiot. I think the whole blue collar, middle class Americans, and laboring poor need to stock pile and go on strike against the egocentric elitists who are making America a third world haven for them.


  9. Going back to taking uppers to keep on the road to make a few extra bucks. Give it 10 15 years and tractor will be driving itself.

  10. Trump screws everything he comes in contact with. The truckers, farmers, females (both underage and older). He’s done nothing but screw America.

  11. I’m a lady trucker, believe me when I tell you, Trump is the worst when it comes to business, please someone needs to help all of us as people, I’m a farm worker, I’m hurrying in the business I really love to do.

  12. 0:13 – Fuckin' Trump had been President for 3 years already?!? Well, I guess time flies when your in hell doesn't it???

  13. With all these actual facts, actual Trump voters getting visibly shafted, I am shocked, shocked I tell you, to see almost no Drumpsters in the comments section defending him.

  14. these truckers are simply democratic socialists
    3:45 german iron cross medal symbole, used by many extrem rightwings in germany in a form of a christian cross……….yea socialism……

  15. Confidence Man Trump 2020! The problem with American politics is that some know what to say, and others are afraid to do it. The talk does not match the actions. We all need to look for the candidate that present a clear plan to keep truckers daily costs tax free. We see these truckers all the time moving cargo to and fro, and we need to support their importance.

  16. I mean you gotta be as dumb as a rock to keep falling for his bs. I get it no one wants to admit they were wrong but it will take a huge weight off your shoulders and makes breathing easier. You know the truth. Its all how they spin it which makes people believe in them, its human nature to be loyal but when your loyal to the wrong person everything backfires.

  17. That driver is a blooming idiot and I can prove it. " How much did you pay in taxes the year before that?" He answers "Nothing" . He has just aligned himself with corporation that also pays nothing. Stupid move on his part. I also got pinned to a financial wall last year, but I have never had a zero tax year unless I just didn't work. The solution is always work smarter not harder. 30 years I've been on the highway. The only drivers that ever figure anything out are those of us that slow everything down even if it looks like we cannot afford to. It actually only takes a few thousand a year to do well in America, but if you don't know that you will drive and run yourself to death trying to live indoors. Smarter, not harder. Use your damn brain.

  18. i cant feel sorry for these people, most of them still support him.. but lets see how far theyre willing to push it, just to get their pro-life and pro-gun laws. lets whats more important, feeding your family or denying someone else an abortion

  19. Well there's something you can hang your hats on libtards, TRUCKERS! That will win you the election in 2020! LOL

  20. I'm so glad that all this is happening NOW and FoxNews cant blame Trumps predecessor for what is about to hit US Economy (and that of the whole world) hard…

  21. Trump is the most arrogant person ever that needs to be removed from our government.
    This bag of wind is totally useless con-man that makes false promises, lies, makes up untrue stories, calls people names and degrades them. He will try to destroy this country without a second thought as he is doing right now.

  22. It is so unbelievable that people get these realizations regarding trump, what? I'm not better off? but trump said I would be! I'm sorry, but taking one look at this guy you have to see what a snake oil salesman he is. yet so many people are astonished and shocked that what he promised has not materialized.

  23. Look trump voters, he’s keeping all the promises he made to you! Just replace the word all with none and keeping with breaking, and you have the president you’ve always wanted.

  24. Behold Donal Trump a man, a POTUS that will forever be remembered as the one who through existing and attaining office brought nothing but Shame to his country.

  25. How much of an idiot do you have to be, to support an illegitimate president who is doing his best to make you more poor by the day ? The drumpfukateers think somebody with six bankruptcies under his belt, is not going to bankrupt the country too ? Good luck dressing yourselves in the mornings drumpfukateers !

  26. I actually hope the people who voted for him get screwed up. Really hard. Because they ignored all the warnings and turned a blind eye to the racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia of the Trump campaign, thinking, perhaps, they would not be affected. It turns out that a leader who is not concerned with minorities will not concern himself with the masses either. Well done trump voters. You made a lot of people suffer, I truly hope you suffer as well.

  27. Ttump is everything you say he is, but are democrats who they say they're. Correct me here, aren't the wall street democrats helping him get RE-elected? Isn't Pelosi against trump impeachment? Why are we kidding ourselves?

    Ttump/GOP tax cuts for the rich went a long way, all the way to democratic leadership's bank accounts too.
    Wall street democrats are now effective what used to be moderate republican.
    Republican party has gone so far to the right that is no longer a republican party anymore.

  28. If you want truckers to "return the favor" in 2020 by voting him out, probably shouldn't have made the naked silhouette truck flap joke. It's been over a decade since I've seen truck flaps like that… just saying. Don't infer that all truckers are misogynists

  29. OH! Boohoo! I'm doing bad now! (Too bad!!) As long as you thought hurting others it was OK.
    But now, OH! Boohoo! I'm doing bad! (Too bad!!)

  30. Yep..They were OK with the racism, xenophobia, suspension of the rule of law, the massive tax break for the rich, the 100 million dollar golf bill, the tweeting and mass rallying that incited massive shootings, the welfare plan for his farmer base using taxpayer's money, the paying off of porn stars, the crotch grabbing, the compulsive lying, ..but now that the problem is at their door, they are in a mood to complain

  31. Trucker's should just stop their trucks and leave them on the road and walk away with the keys.
    Let the truck block the highway till it gets looted.

  32. So… farmers and truckers thought that a guy who was born on third base and lived in a gold-plated penthouse would put their best interests ahead of his own? Thoughts and prayers. That's all I have for them.

  33. The scariest part is those said truckers will vote trump again after a single rally of sugar coated "Baby I promise you I will do better"s. trump supporters act like abuse victims without them even realising it.

  34. Genuine question, has anyone blue collar actually seen a fraction of benefit from Trump's presidency? Or has it just been exclusively top heavy since day one?

  35. They need to relax/change the hours of service. Making drivers work 14 hours straight (30 min. break req.) is what's not safe. Government bureaucrats and clown late-night host don't have a clue, a driver can't take a nap to rest without using their hours allotted to work for the day, should be able to break up the hours. Once the 10 break is up and its time to work, doesn't allow for working around weather, rush hour traffic etc.

  36. Trump became President for himself and the rest of the 1%. He just used Obama's birth certificate, immigrants, minorities, fear( a typical republican playbook) to get the base to vote for him. Don't be shock he gets elected again.

  37. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is standing up for Truckers. He knows what self-driving vehicles will do to the industry and has policies to help them through the transition (and now this!).

    If you would like to learn more, please watch this,, and his interview with Joe Rogan for more details.

    If you want to help these fellow Americans, please tell your friends and family about Yang and support his campaign!

  38. If you voted for Trump and now regret it you are a god damn moron. It was blindly obvious it wasn't going to be better.

  39. I am sorry but I do not feel for anyone that is suffering from the GOP and Trump's tax laws if they voted for this moron. He lying during the campaign and he is lying now. Sorry his supporters can't discern the truth from his lies. VOTE STRAIGHT BLUE NOVEMBER 3, 2020 NO MATTER WHO!! Republicans have never worked for the middle-class and never will. Look at the history of the Republican party and you will see why!

  40. I don't feel sorry for people who voted for Trump and now they've lost everything. You kind of got what you deserved. You voted for him and you are reaping your rewards. I'm going to quote John Wayne– "You made the decision alone; you live it alone." Congrats motherfuckers.

  41. They knew he is a habitual lying cheating perv and still trusted him with their lively hood. Sad…but at least they had a good laugh at his make me feel better rallies.

  42. Like everything that comes out of his orange mouth…Tweeto El Cheeto couldn't tell the truth if his miserable life depended on it. What a complete blithering idiot.

  43. I noticed that there aren't many truck drivers committing. I'm a professional driver and work for a mid sized union LTL carrier. My taxes did not go up, my allowable deductions went way down (semantics?), my standard deduction went up and i got approximately $20 a week in my check. We try to get back $0, (i don't want the government holding any $ i don't owe). We ended up owing $300, I'm fine with that. I didn't hear many drivers at my terminal complaining, but maybe it's because we aren't owner operators and our tax preparer told us exactly what was going to happen and what to do.

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