| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

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
industry, worth over $700 billion and employing over 7 million
Americans, which is why Trump pandered
so hard during an event with trucking industry
executives 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. 10-4.”
[ 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
delivered. 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 — Rocket. 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. -$8,000?
-What I personally paid. -So what were you paying
in taxes last year? -Nothing.
-Amazing. 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 ]


Chris Call

Aug 8, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

How did so many Americans fall for this disgusting orange faced con artist's lies and fake promises .

John Moseley

Aug 8, 2019, 1:37 pm Reply

The Truck in: Check and Trumping
The Chump in: Tuck and Trekking

The Chuck in: Trump and Wrecking

Aaron Davis

Aug 8, 2019, 1:54 pm Reply

He needs rocket fuel for his Space Force!

Ningtao Hu

Aug 8, 2019, 2:28 pm Reply

Speaking of truckers, that reminds me of something in Yang's policy. #Yang2020

OneLike YouBer

Aug 8, 2019, 2:31 pm Reply

Anybody but trump!

David Williams

Aug 8, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

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.

Bob Lowney

Aug 8, 2019, 2:49 pm Reply

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.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:54 pm Reply

tRUMP would like to a priest as he was performing the last rites for the man.


Aug 8, 2019, 3:01 pm Reply

And they’re still going to vote for him again!!!!!

Ken Hunt

Aug 8, 2019, 3:26 pm Reply

Well done.

douglas tucker

Aug 8, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply



Aug 8, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

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.

Kobi Kane

Aug 8, 2019, 4:04 pm Reply

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.

Paul Burns

Aug 8, 2019, 4:42 pm Reply

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 !


Aug 8, 2019, 4:46 pm Reply

We could go into a major recession or depression and people would still believe that only this guy can fix it.

Thalita Reis Cabral

Aug 8, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply

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.


Aug 8, 2019, 6:43 pm Reply

make america great agian I AM A HUNTER

Biggus Dickus

Aug 8, 2019, 7:00 pm Reply

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.

Empress Tarot by Gabby Turner

Aug 8, 2019, 7:22 pm Reply

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

Empress Tarot by Gabby Turner

Aug 8, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

Keep America Miserable Trump 2020


Aug 8, 2019, 7:31 pm Reply

Veterans Against Trump

Jorge Martinez

Aug 8, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

I have no sympathy for Truckers who voted for the clown.

alex foff

Aug 8, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

Those truckers and farmers deserve every bit of what is coming. Feel no sorry for these dumb asses


Aug 8, 2019, 8:05 pm Reply

Night Cuck Meyers reading his teleprompter again.

Alma Vasquez

Aug 8, 2019, 9:07 pm Reply

Trucks will be driving themselves soon. Truck drivers will be out of a job.

The Fibler

Aug 8, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

Anyone that voted for Trump is a SUCKER and I have no pity for them.


Aug 8, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

Seth Dude…

Moni Toni

Aug 8, 2019, 11:46 pm Reply

How a human being can fix broken US? Trump is doing well taking in account America is bankrupt.

Thebe Bashaleebee

Aug 8, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

They voted for a loud mouth lying billionaire – truckers, farmers, miners, etc. should not be surprised.

Dennis Halterman

Aug 8, 2019, 12:07 am Reply

Starting to think that Trump doesn't always tell the truth.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:08 am Reply

The con-man strikes again

The,ode Tho,masa

Aug 8, 2019, 12:19 am Reply

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!!)

Vanessa Costa

Aug 8, 2019, 12:38 am Reply

Jesus, he’s so fkin weird!

Fei Lu

Aug 8, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

For a outsider this is getting sad on this side.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

The black man behind Trump is having none of this. His face says it all.

T Bloopner

Aug 8, 2019, 12:47 am Reply

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

Flay R.

Aug 8, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

"I love big trucks and I cannot lie~" ?


Aug 8, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

Womp womp truckers

Justme Okay

Aug 8, 2019, 1:04 am Reply

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.

Serious One

Aug 8, 2019, 1:08 am Reply

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.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:12 am Reply

We are a trucking family and everything Seth said is absolutely true!


Aug 8, 2019, 2:15 am Reply

I'm a truck driver and a hate donald with a passion.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:33 am Reply

So what you’re saying is, trump lied? Nooo. (Insert massive sarcasm)

En Rigor

Aug 8, 2019, 2:47 am Reply

Trump and his egocentric asset.???

BK Bland

Aug 8, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

Stay off the 81 freeway if you like to live.

Keith Willis

Aug 8, 2019, 3:06 am Reply

I love when people get exactly what they deserve

Greyson J

Aug 8, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

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.

Cody H

Aug 8, 2019, 3:32 am Reply

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?

Phil PA

Aug 8, 2019, 3:49 am Reply

What does he try and get out of when he panders to the (donors) "people" of the military industrial complex

Lizee J

Aug 8, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

oh nah…….. that rocket fuel thing was wild. wtf was that

Dav A

Aug 8, 2019, 4:17 am Reply

You know things are bad when truckers can't even afford woman on there mud flaps…

Nest Diaz

Aug 8, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

✋✋✋ me my taxes are super high

Alene Meldrum

Aug 8, 2019, 4:39 am Reply

Tax accountants have had to tell that to hundreds of thousands of people.

Red Lights

Aug 8, 2019, 4:52 am Reply

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.

Monette Midy

Aug 8, 2019, 4:53 am Reply

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.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:57 am Reply

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, https://youtu.be/KjFyGVc8E3U, 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!

Riki Adams

Aug 8, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

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.

Donavon Trent

Aug 8, 2019, 5:49 am Reply

We have a drink named rocket fuel. We do NOT ASSOCIATE, with Trump.

Faye Toliver

Aug 8, 2019, 6:37 am Reply

Sad, when we get more Real News from Seth Myers, a comedian.

White Centaur

Aug 8, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

Congress needs to put the ??? out of a job!


Aug 8, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

They will still vote for him

Charlie Muñoz

Aug 8, 2019, 7:37 am Reply

My pal 2 says, mori momento. oh and whats racist?

Louise Laliberte

Aug 8, 2019, 7:56 am Reply

4:42 I'm dead.

declan gibo

Aug 8, 2019, 12:25 pm Reply

lol and trump wants in a 2nd time hahahah

surely the US people can;t and wont be so dumb for a 2nd time around

Richard Hardin

Aug 8, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

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!

Cc Abberly

Aug 8, 2019, 12:58 pm Reply

Wake up white American Donald Trump played you like a violin

Katheryne Mero

Aug 8, 2019, 1:12 pm Reply

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.

raptor 1-2

Aug 8, 2019, 1:19 pm Reply

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.

Monie Flook

Aug 8, 2019, 1:30 pm Reply

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.

Dodgers Always

Aug 8, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

Dump Trump in 2020.

Changing It

Aug 8, 2019, 3:52 pm Reply

I used to be a trucker its a tough racket. Drinks alcohol.

Francis Howlett

Aug 8, 2019, 3:54 pm Reply

Trump: I read goodly!

jim Johnson

Aug 8, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

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.

Daniel 2018

Aug 8, 2019, 5:00 pm Reply

Dumb Dumb Voted for Trump now that have it. They should be happy bunch of fucking Idiots.

Hugo Oo

Aug 8, 2019, 5:13 pm Reply

Yep. And still, they'll probably vote for him.

Peter Pelly

Aug 8, 2019, 5:57 pm Reply

Good! Trump voters getting what they asked for…….

Shawn Evens

Aug 8, 2019, 6:06 pm Reply

Get registered and feel the Bern! Real change!

molly cruz

Aug 8, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

Why do we expect Trump to do anything differently from the way he left his former businesses and not leave the country bankrupt?

Bongda TV

Aug 8, 2019, 9:25 pm Reply

No way. Orange man is good. STOP THE FAKE NEWS!

james gandolfini

Aug 8, 2019, 9:37 pm Reply

send melania back


Aug 8, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

That last part is a good thing. Less regs on hours of service. Fatigued truckers is not a serious problem. Over 80% of car vs semi fatal accidents are the fault of the car driver. Truckers are overwhelmingly the safest drivers on the road.

Molly Spurgeon

Aug 8, 2019, 9:52 pm Reply

The auto predictive text on my cracked Nokia flip phone from 2002 can string together a more cohesive sentence than whatever the hell was dribbling out of his mouth. "You know what I'm talking about, folks. Don't worry." That caused me more worry than pennywise popping out of the sewer to give Georgie a paper boat. It's never reassuring when someone says "trust me," or "don't worry."

Daniel Lee

Aug 8, 2019, 10:46 pm Reply

George Bush > Donald Trump
And George Bush started a war over nothing. -.-

big earl

Aug 8, 2019, 11:21 pm Reply

Sh!t I got a $30 an hr trucking job idk what you guys are talking about

Jessica Cornejo

Aug 8, 2019, 12:00 am Reply

if only someone had warned people about this…

Michael Goss

Aug 8, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

Trump 20/20 oh yea! You liberals are nothing but a bunch of "Snott Nosed Gravaline Idiots" ??? God Bless America. When the tough get going, The going get tough…

Donut Dash

Aug 8, 2019, 12:11 am Reply

I think having Trump as president is a very good lesson for Americans of what qualities are not good for presidency.

Valore Dramack

Aug 8, 2019, 4:39 am Reply

As Dave Chappelle once said about Poor White People who vote for Donald Trump:
"You dumb motherf*ckers….YOU….ARE….POOR……..He's fighting for me!!"

Matt F

Aug 8, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

5:09 Wait when companies MOVE to America? So that would make them…immigrant workers? Interesting…

Jere w

Aug 8, 2019, 5:19 am Reply


Gargi Pandey

Aug 8, 2019, 6:58 am Reply

Even us Indians are fed up of The Road Not Taken☺

Marco Castillo

Aug 8, 2019, 7:14 am Reply

Its ok, 2016 trump voters, sometimes you have to be personally impacted for you to realize what people were saying about him was true all along, now that you know whats really going on. Just dont vote for him in 2020

I.J. T.

Aug 8, 2019, 8:21 am Reply

Donald Trump is a tragic liar and childish sort of adult. Zero respect, zero faith in the United States anymore

Moreh Yeshiah History Lessons

Aug 8, 2019, 9:32 am Reply

when you see the index and thumb fingers put together, it is a code that he does not mean what he's saying

Lia ainajatovic

Aug 8, 2019, 9:35 am Reply

Driver for trump , hope it tastes good in return for you now; enjoy ! 😉

yew 2oob

Aug 8, 2019, 9:59 am Reply

The sad truth is the Republicans do this EVERY time they are in power and the Democrats come in and try to fix it only to "Let Down" the "common man" who turns around and votes in a "smart" right-winger. Literally, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Bush Jr, Trump all promise a lot and deliver far less and their plans ruin America again and again. I hope these Trumptard truckers starve to death and so do their families it seems that's the only recourse. Intelligent, informed, educated people try to take care of everyone but when they vote in someone with 2million more votes they still don't get their candidate in meanwhile "middle america" gets these right wingers that are NEVER right about anything.

No One Knows

Aug 8, 2019, 10:03 am Reply

When Trump says he will help you, that's when you are in trouble. See: coal miners, car manufacturers, farmers, truckers, poor people, sick people, the American people.

Betty Boo

Aug 8, 2019, 10:10 am Reply

Demented Donnie.

Betty Boo

Aug 8, 2019, 10:15 am Reply

Trump got the Robin Hood idea wrong he steals from the poor to give to the rich.

Eff -U

Aug 8, 2019, 10:50 am Reply

MMAHD new one for 45 supporters to use . means make, my,asshole, hurt, donny

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