Headline RoundupSeptember 19th, 2023

Trump to Skip 2nd GOP Presidential Debate, Hold Rally with Detroit Autoworkers

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Monday, an aide said that former President Donald Trump plans to skip the second Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, California, on Sept. 27 and travel to Detroit, Michigan, instead to hold a rally with striking autoworkers. 

The Details: The Trump campaign is reportedly expecting more than 500 plumbers, electricians, and pipefitters to attend the rally, where Trump is expected to criticize President Joe Biden for promoting electric vehicles and purportedly ignoring the interests of American autoworkers. The United Auto Workers are withholding a 2024 endorsement of Biden over his administration's EV push.

Key Quotes: “The auto workers are being sold down the river by their leadership, and their leadership should endorse Trump,” said Trump. UAW President Shawn Fain said in an emailed statement: “Every fiber of our union is being poured into fighting the billionaire class and an economy that enriches people like Donald Trump at the expense of workers."

For Context: Roughly 13,000 UAW workers went on strike last Friday at plants owned by Ford, Stellantis NV, and General Motors Company.  The workers are calling for better wages and benefits.

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum noted Trump's large lead over his opponents in national and early-start primary polls. Some on the right framed the rally as an indication that Trump is looking past the GOP primaries and seeking to court union members.

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