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In new video, Ohio Dems hit J.D. Vance for past comments on trade deals, job losses

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On the sixth anniversary of Hillbilly Elegy’s release, the Ohio Democratic Party is releasing a new digital video, “Blame,” highlighting how J.D. Vance in his own words blamed Ohioans — not bad trade deals with countries like China — for the loss of their jobs.

In Hillbilly Elegy, Vance wrote, “We talk about the value of hard work but tell ourselves that the reason we’re not working is some perceived unfairness: Obama shut down the coal mines, or all the jobs went to the Chinese. These are the lies we tell ourselves…”

And from this book blaming Ohioans and deflecting responsibility from the bad trade deals that cost over 135,000 Ohio workers their jobs, Vance made nearly $350,000 in 2020 alone.

Vance got famous off his memoir and jetted off to Hollywood where he made even more money off faulting Ohioans for the bad trade deals that cost them their jobs. But now that he’s a candidate for U.S. Senate, he’s made the political calculation to change his tune.

“In his memoir, Vance blamed Ohioans, not bad trade deals, for jobs being shipped overseas to countries like China – and made a fortune off it. J.D. Vance is a fraud who can’t be trusted to fight for Ohio workers,” said Michael Beyer, a spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.

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