Donald Trump in his purest style. Demagogue, lackadaisist, climate denier and liar, the former president of the United States has given a rally in Clinton Township (Michigan) to counterschedule the second debate between the Republican candidates to the primaries for the presidential elections of 2024. He has taken the opportunity to attack his probable rival in those elections, the current president, Joe Biden, for joining a picket line of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union the day before in that same state, one of the decisive ones for next year. Trump has also attacked policies supporting the electric car.
Trump has had a few lapses lately (such as saying that Biden was on his way to provoking World War II or a debris over offshore wind mills), but he has devoted much of his speech to trying to ridicule Biden, presenting him as mentally incapable. "He talked for a few seconds and had no idea what he was saying. I didn't know where I was. He didn't know what he was saying. 'Where am I?' Oh, you're in Michigan," he parodied, despite the fact that the president had a clear intervention and a direct message.
Trump has also attacked the electric car. Among the concerns of motor workers is that many of the new plants have non-union workers with lower wages than the current ones in the sector. They fear a wage devaluation in this way and that is why job security is among their demands. Trump takes advantage of it and lashes out at electric cars: "They don't go far enough and they're too expensive."
Donald Trump Speaks at Rally with Autoworkers
Supporters of former U.S. president and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Clinton Township, Michigan.Photo: REUTERS | Video: REUTERS
"Hundreds of thousands of American jobs, your jobs, will be gone forever because the corrupt Joe Biden is selling you out, but I don't think it's him. I don't think he really knows what the hell he's doing. I don't blame him. But he is surrounded by radical left-wing Marxists and crazy, fascists, bad people. They are selling you to China. They are selling you to the environmental extremists of the radical left. People have no idea how bad this is going to be for the environment as well. You know that those batteries when you get rid of them, a lot of bad things happen with them and digging up the earth to make those batteries can be very bad for the environment," he said in his speech.
The Biden administration has managed to attract heavy investment in battery plants and electric cars with tax incentives that have caused concern in Europe, but has left out of subsidies vehicles with Chinese components. Still, Trump's thesis is that the Joe Biden administration is going to destroy the U.S. auto industry and hand it over to China. The future of the motor with Biden, he said, will be "Made in China" and with it, "Made in USA". White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said just the opposite the day before: "Biden is fighting to ensure that the cars of the future are made in America by unionized American workers in high-paying jobs, rather than made in China."
During the nearly three years of Biden's term, manufacturing employment has grown strongly, compared to the decline that occurred under Trump. Despite the corporate and high-income tax cuts passed during his presidency, Trump has presented himself in Michigan as the "defender of the working class."
Trump knows that to win the election he needs to attract votes from that working class that supported him in 2016 against Hillary Clinton. He then presented himself as a nationalist in search of the support of those disenchanted with globalization and seduced them with his populist discourse, which he now repeats. He robbed the Democrats of the traditional support of much of the industrial workers of the so-called rust belt of the United States, where heavy industry is concentrated. He beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, among other states where blue-collar workers have an important weight, and thanks to that he achieved the presidency. Biden recovered in 2020 the three states that, along with Arizona, Nevada and Georgia, can be decisive again next year.
The former president planned two weeks ago to counterschedule the Republican candidates' debate with a rally in Michigan. Biden then overtook her, invited by Shawn Fain, president of the UAW union. When Trump's plans came out, Fain posted a hostile message against the former president: "Every fiber of our union is pouring into fighting the billionaire class and an economy that enriches people like Donald Trump at the expense of working people. We can't keep electing billionaires and millionaires who have no understanding of what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck and fight to get ahead and expect them to solve the problems of the working class," he said.
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