United States: Biden and Trump in the race for the workers' vote among auto strikers

The strike in the auto sector continues and attracts candidates for the 2024 presidential election. Donald Trump and Joe Biden are announced near Detroit, the US auto capital, to show their support for striking workers.

It is in Wayne, Michigan, not far from the Ford plant, that President Joe Biden will go to a picket line on Tuesday, September 26. Getty Images via AFP - BILL PUGLIANO

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It is Joe Biden who opens the ball: the US president plans to join a picket line this Tuesday, September 26 in Wayne County, Michigan, where there is a gigantic Ford assembly plant currently shut down. The goal is to show support for striking workers in the sector and their demand for what the White House calls a fair share of the wealth they helped create.

For the first time in its history, the union is on strike against the three major American manufacturers - Ford, General Motors, Stellantis - says our correspondent in Washington, Guillaume Naudin. The union is demanding increases of nearly 40% over four years. And it was the president of the United Auto Workers union, Shawn Fain, who cordially invited Joe Biden to the picket line.

For Joe Biden, the challenge is to prove that he is instead the president of the working classes, defender of the unions and architect of the industrial renewal of the United States. "His trip is going to be historic. It will underscore how the president is the most pro-union in the history" of the United States, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday. Joe Biden has repeatedly publicly said that manufacturers should pass on their "record profits" to employees.

Donald Trump slams the Biden administration's electric transition plan

On the other hand, Donald Trump will not be welcome in Wayne. The former president, who is also targeting the workers' vote, will speak on Wednesday, September 27 in a room north of Detroit, the US capital of the automobile. He rightly points out that he was the first to announce his intention to visit the region.


If the con man Joe Biden and the fascists in the White House mounted this operation, it was only in reaction to my own trip. ", says Donald Trump in these particularly virulent terms on his personal social network. He accuses his successor, with his electric transition plan, of sending to China the jobs of American workers that he calls to support him.

Hopes of a return to the White House for the Republican rest largely on the same blue-collar votes he won in 2016 in key states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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