- President Donald Trump is attempting to appeal to blue collar workers as President Joe Biden supports the United Auto Workers strike.
- Trump will address a crowd of current and former union members in Detroit on Sept. 27, as the Republican primary debate begins.
- The UAW strike has been ongoing for two weeks and Trump’s speech will be closely watched to see if it will be enough to sway voters.
President Donald Trump is looking to appeal to blue collar workers as President Joe Biden flexes his pro-union bona fides amid the ongoing United Auto Workers strike. On Monday, an Iowa voter asked Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) whether he would insert himself into the UAW strike as president. In response, Scott praised former President Ronald Reagan’s firing of federal workers who went on strike in 1981.
In an effort to counter-program the upcoming Republican primary debate, Trump will address a crowd of current and former union members in Detroit on Sept. 27. The speech will kick off just as the debate begins at 9:00 p.m. ET at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
Trump’s speech is an attempt to appeal to blue collar workers, many of whom are members of the UAW, as the strike continues. The UAW strike began on Sept. 15 and involves 48,000 workers at General Motors plants across the country. The strike is the largest since 2007 and is the first major labor action of the Biden administration.
The strike has been ongoing for two weeks and there is no end in sight. The union is seeking higher wages, better benefits, and job security. GM has offered a 3% pay raise and a $9,000 signing bonus, but the union is demanding more.
Trump’s speech in Detroit will be closely watched as he attempts to appeal to blue collar workers. Biden has already made his support for the union clear, and Trump is looking for a way to win over the same demographic. It remains to be seen whether Trump’s speech will be enough to sway voters.