Donald Trump, absent from the second Republican primary debate, counterprogrammed his opponents on Wednesday with a visit to a Michigan auto parts factory. From there, the former president wants to send a message to his opponents in the primaries but also to Joe Biden in this competition before the election. And to do this, he asked for support from the auto workers in the United States.
Trump assured that he did not go into debate because his opponents are “job candidates”. And he let it be that they were just applying to be running mates. “They will do anything,” said Trump. “They want to be the secretary of something, even the vice president. Do you see a vice president in the group? I don’t think so”.
Trump knows that he is an electoral asset for the Republican Party and has won over all his competitors in the majority of the polls. He leads his main rival by more than forty pointsRon de Santis and preferred by 53% of conservative voters, according to the latest calculations made by the company FiveThirtyEight.
Trump’s visit to Michigan is in contrast to the visit of the president of the United States the previous day. On Tuesday, Biden became the first US president to join a union picket as he passed through the Great Lakes state when he joined protests by the United Automobile Workers Union (UAW). Trump, in court with motor workers on Wednesday, singled out a non-union factory.
“Biden came to Michigan to pose for photos on picket lines, but it’s his policies that are sending auto workers to the unemployment line, said the former president. And the magnate re-committed himself to a sector as American as the automobile industry, where he pledged all his support.
In every general election in which Trump ran for president, the UAW chose to support the Democratic candidate. But at the moment, it is not known what this powerful union will do next year. Its president, Shawn Fain, is silent for now. But Biden is seen less favorably for his support for the electric vehicle, a thorn in the side of the conventional US auto sector.
From Michigan, Trump warned workers that if the UAW decided not to support him, they would “suicide” and that they would do it “about their jobs.” After Trump’s speech in Michigan, Biden’s campaign spokesman, Kevin Muñoz, responded to the former president by asserting that he was lying to “distract from his painful record of tax cuts, closed factories, and jobs outsourced to China.”