Trump is promoting his upcoming trip to Detroit as a viable alternative to incumbent Democrat President Biden who received the UAW’s coveted 2020 endorsement. Biden won a majority of votes from union households during that election. This helped him win battleground states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which Trump won in 2016. While the UAW traditionally endorsed Democratic candidates in the past, it has declined to do so for Biden’s bid for a second-term.
Trump’s visit also creates a unique political triangle between the union and two leaders.
Trump’s visit creates a unique triangle of political power between the union, Trump, and the two leaders. Biden said that auto companies have seen record profits, including in the last few years, because of the extraordinary skill and sacrifices made by UAW workers. “
On Monday, United Auto Workers members walked the picket lines at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, in Wayne, Mich.
“Some of them are on one, zero and two. And I ask myself, “Do I stay there for two hours or an hour?” What’s the point of being harassed and abused by people who shouldn’t be running for President? “Should I be doing this?” Trump asked rhetorically during his interview with Carlson. “I felt that it would have been more appropriate to not do the debate,” explained he. But the UAW strike presented him with a unique opportunity. Not only could he counter-program, but he could do it in a manner that allowed him to be seen as a man for the people and provide a different kind of media narrative.
UAW might not welcome
Sofar, the UAW does not seem to be open to outside involvement in contract negotiations. Fain, after Biden’s direct support of his view that the negotiations were broken, criticized Biden’s statement.
This file photo shows President Biden listening to an event at the South Court Auditorium of the White House Complex, Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Washington.
In the photo below, President Biden is seen listening to an event at the South Court Auditorium of the White House Complex, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Washington.
Many union members refused to say who they planned to vote for, but one common thread ran through the different conversations: They want politicians that they support to have their backs. Many union members refused to reveal who they would vote for ahead of the strike. However, one common thread emerged in the conversations: they wanted the politicians that they supported to have their back.
This is probably why Trump planned this trip to Detroit. He hopes that by holding a rally in the style of Trump and meeting with autoworkers, he will show that he has the UAW’s best interests at heart. It is no accident that Trump has focused on Detroit. It’s the “home” of General Motors Ford and Stellantis North America. It is also the state that Trump missed in 2020. Biden turned Michigan back to blue after Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016 as part of his stunning win over Hillary Clinton.
Trump is focusing his attention on the general elections and not the primaries, as he focuses on these battlegrounds states. Michigan is one of them. A high number of blue collar workers – many of whom voted for Trump in 2016, could swing the state if they appeal to the union. As Trump discovered in his two previous general elections, margins are important. In a state such as Michigan, with tens and thousands of unionized autoworkers on the job, a marginally improved performance could have impacted the outcome. But Detroit is still a deeply blue city and the UAW remains a political institution that is most aligned with Democrats. Plus, Michigan, with a Democrat as governor, isn’t a swing-state like Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. Gretchen Whitmer, and a slim Democratic majority in Michigan’s state legislature.