Trump’s bold promise to Detroit auto workers: Gas-powered cars, jobs, and a bid for UAW support in the face of Biden’s electric vehicle push could reshape political dynamics.
Trump’s Promise to Auto Workers
- Trump skips GOP debate to address Detroit auto workers.
- He promises support for gas-powered cars, accusing Biden of hurting the auto industry with electric vehicle push.
- Trump aims to win United Auto Workers’ support, traditionally Democrat backers, by pledging against job losses due to EV manufacturing shifts to China.
Trump made these vows to the striking auto workers:
“They’re going to be closing up and they’re going to be building those cars in China and other places. It’s a hit job on Michigan and on Detroit.”
“Today’s radical Democrat Party wants to legalize drugs, shoplifting, and sexual mutilation of your children but they want to allow your gas-powered Suburbans, Silverados, and Ford F-150s to die.” Adding, “Under a Trump administration, gasoline engines will be allowed and sex changes for children will be banned.”
Biden’s Brief Detroit Visit
- Biden addressed Detroit auto workers briefly, lasting only 12 minutes before departing, with significantly less turnout than Trump, who spoke to striking auto workers for over 75 minutes.
- Critics suggest Biden’s rushed visit aimed to preempt Trump’s.
- He faces backlash for allegedly precipitating auto industry struggles and job losses.
Potential Political Shifts
- Trump’s appeal to United Auto Workers may shift their traditional Democrat allegiance.
- If UAW supports Trump, other unions might follow, undermining the Democrat voter base.
- This potential shift among working-class voters could jeopardize Biden’s re-election chances.