Ahead of the upcoming election, it appears that current President Joe Biden will once again be squaring off against his predecessor, Donald Trump, as other Republican candidates continue to drop out of the race. The battle between these two hit the news cycle last fall during the six-week-long United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, as both Biden and Trump headed to Detroit during that action – Biden joining the UAW’s picket line with union president Shawn Fain, while Trump visited a non-union supplier. Fain previously refused to throw his support behind either candidate, but recently changed his tone following Biden’s visit and comments regarding his support of the union, making it no real surprise that he is officially endorsing the acting president as his candidate of choice – nor that Donald Trump proceeded to pan that decision, either.
“I had the great privilege of watching Shawn Fain, the President of the United Auto Workers, this morning on DeFace the Nation,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social. “He is a real ‘STIFF’ who is selling the Automobile Industry right into the big, powerful, hands of China. 55 percent of the industry has already left the U.S., and the rest will soon be following if I am not elected President. He bought into Biden’s ‘vision’ of all Electric Vehicles, which require far fewer workers to make each car but, more importantly, are not wanted in large numbers by the consumer, and will ALL be made in China. I want them to be made in the USA, every type of car, and would require China, and other countries, through TARIFFS, or otherwise, to build plants here, with our workers. Now they are building in Mexico, the biggest plants anywhere, and selling their cars, Tariff Free, into the good ol’ USA. Shawn Fain doesn’t understand this or have a clue. Get rid of this dope & vote for DJT. I will bring the Automobile Industry back to our Country.”
These comments come in response to Fain’s own, some of which were directed solely at Trump. “Donald Trump is a SCAB,” Fain said during the union’s national Community Action Program (CAP) conference. “Donald Trump is a billionaire, and that’s who he represents. If Donald Trump ever worked in an auto plant, he wouldn’t be a UAW member. He’d be a company man, trying to squeeze the American autoworker. Donald Trump stands against everything the UAW stands for.”