I think we all assumed that Trump and Scott Walker’s Foxconn announcement in 2018 would amount to nothing, but perhaps not this:
Months after the 2018 groundbreaking, the company was racing to hire the 260 people needed to receive the first tranche of payments from the lucrative subsidy package passed by then-Gov. Scott Walker. Recruiters were told to hit the number but given little in the way of job descriptions. Soon, the office began to fill with people who had nothing to do. Many just sat in their cubicles watching Netflix and playing games on their phones. The reality of their situation became impossible to ignore. Multiple employees recall seeing people cry in the office. “The best is when you’re in the elevator with somebody and then they just scream out of nowhere,” said an employee who experienced this several times. “They’ve had enough, because things don’t make sense here.”
“Imagine being in a job where you don’t really know if it’s real or not. Or you know it’s not real, but you don’t know it’s not real. It’s a constant thing you’re doing in your head day after day,” said one employee, who returned to the rented building Trump had spoken at, where workers had been assembling TVs, only to find the line shut down and the lights dimmed a couple of weeks after the photo op was over. “I think all of us were on the verge of a major breakdown.”
Jobs without job descriptions, fake assembly lines, and a “fab plant” that was recently reclassified to storage are just a few of the many parts of this complete fraud detailed in this excellent story by Josh Dzieza at the Verge, a technology news site. The net of the piece is that there isn’t, and will never be, a Foxconn plant that makes anything in Wisconsin.
If Biden wins, there will be a major effort to stuff this kind of fraud down the memory hole, in preparation for a 2022 backlash election powered by Biden’s inability to completely control COVID after a month in office, and Democrats’ inability to reverse a recession caused by McConnell’s refusal to pass more stimulus. We need a truth commission, an audit report, and some fucking prosecutions, or we’ll be in a worse spot in a couple of years.