Trump to Skip 2nd GOP Presidential Debate, Hold Rally with Detroit Autoworkers
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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From the LeftTrump to skip second Republican debate for Detroit prime-time speech
Former President Donald Trump will skip the second Republican presidential primary debate in California next week and instead will travel to Detroit to deliver a speech to an audience that will include current and former union members, according to a source familiar with his plans.
His prime-time remarks will serve as counterprogramming to the September 27 debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
The news comes as the United Auto Workers’ strike has entered its fourth day.
“The auto workers are being sold down the river by their leadership, and their leadership...
From the CenterTrump to skip next Republican debate, give speech to auto workers
Former U.S. President Donald Trump plans to give a speech in Detroit on Sept. 27 to a crowd of union workers, skipping the second Republican presidential debate, an aide said on Monday, and instead inserting himself into a dispute between striking workers and America's leading automakers.
The prime time speech is expected to be delivered to auto workers and other blue collar union members, the aide added. The speech comes as Trump has been harshly critical of President Joe Biden's electric vehicle policies and urged autoworkers to back his candidacy....
From the RightTrump to skip second GOP debate, will rally with striking autoworkers in Detroit
Former President Donald Trump will skip next week’s second Republican presidential primary debate and hold a rally with striking autoworkers and other skilled tradesmen instead.
Trump, 77, is planning to hold the event, which will include a prime-time speech, in Detroit on Sept. 27 — the same night his GOP rivals will convene in California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum for the second primary debate, a source familiar with the former president’s plans told The Post on Monday.
The move signals that Trump, who holds a nearly 44 point...