Former President Donald Trump is planning to skip the second GOP primary debate, which will be held at the Reagan library in California, and instead will visit striking auto workers in Detroit, which is causing heartache among a growing number of Democrats.
Trump, as of now, will skip the Sept. 27 debate, but his plan to address the striking UAW workers is leading Dems to call on President Joe Biden’s campaign to “step up,” according to POLITICO.
“Trump scooped us. Now if we announce we’re going, it looks like we’re just going because of Trump,” a national Democratic strategist told the outlet. “We waited too long. That’s the challenge.”
UAW workers with the big three automakers — Ford, GM, and Stellantis-owned Chrysler — went on strike last week. The Biden administration chose not to intervene ahead of time to try and negotiate a settlement. Workers are seeking a 46 percent pay increase over time and a 36-hour work week, while getting paid for 40 hours.
Some Democrats close to the White House said Trump’s is viewed as a “cynical ploy” to try and win support from the UAW members, according to POLITICO. One union worker told the outlet that “[Trump] actually has people who know what they’re doing. He boxed Biden in. It was kinda genius.”
The Daily Caller noted further:
The Biden campaign and the White House have rejected the idea that Trump’s plan to visit Detroit “boxed Biden in,” Politico reported. The assessment comes after the White House reversed its decision to send two top officials to Detroit to support negotiations between the UAW and automaker companies on Monday, instead opting to hold a Zoom call between the parties.
Biden has come under fire since the strike was announced for failing to handle the situation better as some UAW members say they hope he’s replaced on the 2024 ticket.
“People are talking about them trying to interject themselves into our — into our negotiations,” Shawn Fain, president of the UAW, claimed earlier this week. “Our negotiators are fighting hard. Our leadership’s fighting hard.
“It’s going to be won at the negotiating table with our negotiating teams, with our members manning the picket lines and our allies out there. Who the president is now, who the former president was or the president before them, isn’t going to win this fight,” he added.