Donald Trump, a man who doesn’t seem to give any thought to the health of the construction workers who build his skyscrapers and hotels, can be seen here singing the high praises of asbestos.
Sure he wants to build a wall, lashes out at immigrants, pushes hateful rhetoric, is a known sexual predator and all-round horrible person, but this is something else, even for Donald Trump. The man adores cancer-causing asbestos.
From Mother Jones:
Believe Donald Trump, folks: There is an anti-asbestos conspiracy. In his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, Trump warned America not to buy the crusade against “the greatest fire-proofing material ever used.” He claimed the movement to remove asbestos—a known carcinogen—was actually the handiwork of the mafia:
I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented. Millions of truckloads of this incredible fire-proofing material were taken to special “dump sites” and asbestos was replaced by materials that were supposedly safe but couldn’t hold a candle to asbestos in limiting the ravages of fire.
Trump claimed asbestos is “100 percent safe, once applied,” and that it just “got a bad rap.” That, unsurprisingly, was a stretch. Asbestos can be safe, but only if it’s in perfect condition and not shedding any fibers, which are toxic and can cause cancer. But the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the asbestos often used in fireproofing will “readily release airborne fibers if disturbed”—and that there’s “no ‘safe’ level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber.”
I just don’t believe this man is thinking about safety – it is what is cheapest for his building project. Would he do this for the United States? Not what is best for the country but what would help him and those in the 1 per-cent, save the most money for the billionaire class.