Donald Trump visited the Detroit area this week to demonstrate his “support” for the striking UAW workers trying to claw back wages and benefits lost during the pandemic. If the suggestion that the multi-indicted former president “supports” or has ever supported unions or workers isn’t funny enough, his appearance in Michigan was even funnier.
And, folks, you can’t make this up. The anti-union, anti-American Trump's Michigan “pro-union” rally was held at . . . wait for it . . . Drake Enterprises, a non-union auto parts company.
Trump passed on appearing at the second GOP debate to hold a “rally” in Michigan. Apparently, he believes that there are still union voters who are dumb enough to believe that he has their back. Michigan is an important state and Trump needs blue collar union laborers’ support to win it.
Those who might consider supporting this wolf in sheep’s clothing should remember his long career of screwing over workers in business as well as his four-year presidency that not only failed to have workers’ backs, but featured him actually stabbing those workers in the back.
Top 10 Trump anti-worker actions:
Think I’m exaggerating? Think again. Here’s a “top ten” list of anti-worker rhetoric and actions by the world’s most famous narcissist:
Trump did nothing to raise the federal minimum wage. It has stood at $7.25 an hour since 2009. Try living on $7.25 an hour
Trump rolled back Obama’s extended time and a half overtime pay to millions of workers.
He promised to be “the infrastructure president,” but his “plan” never materialized.
He relaxed safety requirements and inspections for oil rig workers and coal miners.
He eliminated certain pesticide bans in the farming industry, endangering farm workers.
He attacked union leaders saying that workers “were being sold down the river” by these champions of labor.
He once recommended that the auto industry abandon Detroit and Michigan and move to lower-wage states.
His tax plan was a giveaway to the mega-rich, providing $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to wealthy individuals and corporations, with little relief for wage-earners. He gave over $115 Billion in federal contracts to companies that shipped good jobs overseas.
His Supreme Court nominees favored business over labor and are responsible for the Janus decision, a decidedly anti-union decision.
He tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Anti-Union, Anti-American Trump
Almost everything Trump's done as president and in business has been decidedly anti-labor. He’s not supportive of unions, collective bargaining, strikes, or the right to organize. And, as Hillary Clinton famously once said, his ties are made in China, his suits in Mexico, and his furniture in Turkey.
“Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. Well, he could start by actually making things in America again,” she said.
While Trump claimed that “thousands” came to see him in Michigan, the crowd was actually in the low hundreds and several of those were planted by the campaign. One attendee who held “a union members for Trump" sign admitted to reporters that she was not a union member. Another, who held an “auto workers for Trump” sign, admitted that he was not an auto worker. Trump has been doing stuff like this for years. The head of the UAW called him out on this nonsense, refusing to meet with him and referring to his visit to a non-union shop as a “pathetic irony.
It amazes me that a self-proclaimed billionaire who has screwed over thousands of his own employees has somehow become the darling of some blue-collar workers.
Whatever your particular problem is—whatever you care about, I promise you that Donald Trump is not interested. He cares about two things and two things only: Donald Trump and a return to power. While he claims to be “patriotic,” he is the least patriotic president in our lifetime. Aside from being the sore loser who inspired an attack on our United States Capitol, he also had the audacity to accuse Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, of treason, suggesting that this national hero should be executed.
But no matter what “Teflon Don” says or does, his Party cannot break his stranglehold on the electorate. As I write this, Trump is the likely nominee of the Republican Party, some 40 points ahead of his nearest competitor.
So far, Democrats have been less than enthusiastic about President Biden. He’s too old, he’s not inspiring, the economy is shaky, he hasn’t done much: I’ve heard the nonsense.
Five Great Reasons to be Inspired by Joe Biden
He is a caring and compassionate human being who cares about the working middle class.
He actually passed and implemented an infrastructure bill that improved our country and created hundreds of thousands of jobs.
He supports women’s reproductive rights.
He is not a climate change denier and supports policies and actions that preserve our precious natural resources.
He is not Donald Trump. He believes in the greatness of America and that our wonderful country does not need to be made great “again.”
I will never understand my fellow countrymen and women’s loyalty and support for Trump. They have a right to their opinion, even if it is clearly against their own best interest. But that support and loyalty should inspire even the most apathetic Biden supporter.
Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to the United States of America.
Our lifestyle, values, freedoms, and even our precious Democracy is at stake. If that isn’t enough to inspire Democrats, left-leaning independents, and moderate independents and Republicans, I don’t know what is.
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