As the man who would be President, Donald Trump, continues to spout generalizations and make blanket promises that a certain segment of Americans want to hear, he has a new one aimed at Silicon Valley. Singling out Apple, Mr. Trump said in a speech Monday in Virginia that as President he would "get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries." How does he think he's going to do that?

The "and things" in this case would be iPhones and iPads, which as we've learned in recent years are being manufactured in Chinese plants under conditions that probably wouldn't pass muster in this country. Though the journalistic integrity of the man who arguably broke the story about one iPhone manufacturing plant, monologist Mike Daisy, was discredited in 2012, as recently as December 2014 the BBC conducted its own undercover investigation and found that, yes, workers are subjected to 12- to 16-hour shifts, rarely get days off, and live miserable lives in dormitories in order to send money back home to their families. (In its 2015 Supplier Responsibility Report, Apple says "We care deeply about every worker in Apple’s global supply chain," but admits, "While we have made significant progress, gaps still exist, and there is more work to do.")

As CNET points out, and as Apple CEO Tim Cook explained in a recent 60 Minutes interview, worker conditions aside, this is largely a problem of capability. The U.S. simply hasn't kept up with this kind of manufacturing. And Apple only manufactures one thing here, in Austin: the Mac Pro.

Said Cook, "I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we're currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields."

But a President Trump would impose heavy tariffs on Chinese goods, he says, just like he'd impose tariffs on carmakers manufacturing cars in Mexico and abroad.

As Forbes points out, "What Donald Trump Doesn't Know About Apple Could Fill a Stadium," pointing back to a 2012 piece in the New York Times discussing why iPhones could never be made here.

Said then CEO Steve Jobs, "Those jobs aren’t coming back." And said another "former high-ranking Apple executive," "The entire supply chain is in China now. You need a thousand rubber gaskets? That’s the factory next door. You need a million screws? That factory is a block away. You need that screw made a little bit different? It will take three hours."

Not that it's necessary to waste breath disproving anything Trump says, but there you go.

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