In another of his now common mistakes, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced the loss of hundreds of jobs, causing panic among employees who believed him, in the industrial city of Erie, Pennsylvania.
“I heard today there’s a locomotive plant thinking of shutting down here,” Biden said in Erie during his visit to the state of Pennsylvania, according to Erie News Now, on Oct. 13.
Biden apparently was referring to the company Wabtec, which specializes in rail technology for freight and passenger transportation and would be left with 1,200 workers.
The fact is that this company had to turn to its workers to calm the uneasiness caused by the error Biden made in his announcement.
“We want to set the record straight and let you know this statement is untrue. This site and plant are an integral part of the business and our community. As Wabtec’s design and development hub, the Erie site is leading cutting-edge innovations,” Wabtec communicated to employees via email.
According to the local television station, Biden has reportedly retracted his statement.
Although it is common for Biden to be confused by his public appearances, for Rep Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), this time Biden would have intentionally given false information to the people of Erie.
“The employees of Local UE 506 have been through enough sleepless nights. Joe Biden, in this political move, thought he would hurt President Trump by casually mentioning, without evidence, that hundreds of Erie workers were going to lose their jobs,” Kelly said according to the Washington Examiner.
“The hardworking people of Wabtec shouldn’t be used as political pawns. Joe should apologize to Local UE 506 and retract his false statement,” Kelly said.
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