Former President Donald Trump is changing his schedule. He’s choosing to rally with union autoworkers instead of participating in the second GOP debate in California on Sept. 27. The source, who knows the ex-president’s plans, confirmed this move.
Trump’s Detroit trip marks his bid to offer an alternative to President Biden. Biden, the current Democrat in office, earned Union Auto Workers’ nod during the 2020 campaign. He also rallied union households, earning a majority of their votes. This leverage saw him beat Trump in critical states – Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – which the latter had dominated in 2016.
But now, the UAW is hesitant. They’ve refused to endorse Biden for a second term. UAW’s new president, Shawn Fain, and the union demand more from Biden before they consent.
Trump’s Detroit visit then signals an interesting political scenario. The scene involves two leaders and one resolute union. Last week, Biden backed the UAW after it initiated a strike. He criticized automakers, arguing they hadn’t shared their recent historic profits fairly with the UAW.
Fain, though against Trump’s presidency, admitted another term under the former President would prove devastating. Despite this, he confirmed Trump’s visit. The union currently pours its energy into an economic system that enriches the rich, explained Fain.
Trump’s scheduled Detroit stop might not secure him the top brass’s endorsement. However, the potential for connecting with union autoworkers remains. In swing areas like Michigan, that could carry significant appeal to some members of the tired workforce. Hence, handshakes and selfies with Trump could sway the voters. Fain warns against electing millionaires and billionaires though, arguing they lack a grasp of working-class struggles.