Former President Donald Trump to Visit Michigan to Meet Striking Autoworkers

Avery Emberly

Updated Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 3:56 AM CDT

Former President Donald Trump to Visit Michigan to Meet Striking Autoworkers

Former President Donald Trump is set to travel to Michigan next week to meet with striking autoworkers in a move that highlights his focus on the 2024 election against President Joe Biden. Trump, who has chosen to skip the second Republican presidential debate, is already portraying himself as sympathetic to the workers and accusing Biden of trying to destroy the car industry.

The trip to Michigan, which was first reported by The New York Times, will include a primetime speech by Trump. This visit comes as Trump maintains a wide lead against his GOP rivals in primary polls, positioning himself as a fighter for the working class and focusing on Rust Belt towns affected by the decline of mining and manufacturing.

While Trump's visit to Michigan has been met with criticism from Biden's re-election campaign, United Auto Workers president Shawn Fain warned that another Trump presidency would be a disaster. Fain emphasized that the strike by auto workers is not related to the 2024 presidential election, but rather about workers standing up for economic and social justice and getting their fair share.

Trump's previous statements regarding the automotive industry have sparked controversy. He claimed that auto workers will not have any jobs because electric cars will be made in China, and he urged UAW leadership to endorse him, accusing them of selling out the workers. However, Dave Green, a UAW regional director, stated that Trump has zero credibility with organized labor and that the UAW would never endorse him. Green believes Trump's intention is to get votes for himself and divide UAW members using political rhetoric.

Democrats have accused Trump of only supporting unions for political reasons and not doing enough for auto workers during his presidency. Moussa, a spokesperson for Biden's re-election campaign, said that Trump would have let auto companies go bankrupt during the financial crisis.

As the United Auto Workers and Detroit's Big Three carmakers resume talks to end the strike, Stellantis described the discussions as "constructive." General Motors and the United Auto Workers are continuing to negotiate, while Trump's visit to Michigan aims to position himself as a champion for the working class.

This information, originally reported by USA TODAY, sheds light on the ongoing battle between Trump and Biden, with Trump focusing on Michigan autoworkers and Biden's campaign criticizing Trump's actions. The second primary debate, which Trump has chosen to skip, will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Instead of participating in the debate, Trump has opted to meet with auto workers in an effort to solidify his support among the working class.

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