In a bold move, former President Donald Trump is set to stand in solidarity with striking auto workers from the United Auto Workers (UAW) in Detroit, Michigan. This action will undoubtedly steal the limelight from his opponents as they squabble on the debate stage. Multiple sources have confirmed this development.
As reported by The New York Times, Trump’s appearance with Detroit auto workers, who are striking against major automakers like General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis, is a direct response to the GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The former President will deliver a prime-time speech before current and former union members. They are currently demanding higher wages due to the 40-year-high inflation and seeking assurances from automakers and the federal government that President Biden’s electric vehicle agenda won’t jeopardize their jobs or pay, as previously documented by Breitbart News.
Several Trump aides have validated this plan.
This strategic move echoes Trump’s approach during the first debate, where he skipped the event and participated in a one-on-one interview with Tucker Carlson, garnering significant attention. Despite initial concerns, this counter-programming tactic proved effective, diverting attention away from the debate.
Trump’s latest actions underscore his focus on a potential general election rematch with President Joe Biden rather than the Republican primary. Union workers, traditionally part of the Democratic coalition, played a crucial role in his 2016 victory. In 2020, Biden made inroads into this support base, but Trump is poised to make significant gains among union households in a potential rematch, particularly in key states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
This move follows earlier reports that Trump was considering a visit to Michigan to meet with UAW members involved in the strikes, as initially disclosed by the Detroit Free Press.