Trump Tells Autoworkers Their Leadership Is Selling Them Out

Former President and 2024 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump addressed striking United Auto Workers members directly on Sunday. He declared he deserved their votes and that they are being “sold down the drain” by President Joe Biden’s “electric car scam.”

Posting on his Truth Social platform, Trump warned of the dangers of the Democratic rush to electric vehicles. “They’ll be made in China, under Crooked Joe’s China First policy.”

He added that America’s auto workers should throw their support behind the Trump candidacy. “I’ll make you victorious and rich.”

Trump’s exhortation came after UAW President Shawn Fain pushed back against critics saying he’s a rubber stamp endorsement for Biden in 2024. Speaking Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” the union leader claimed his backing must be “earned.”

That’s precisely what Trump attempted to do, going around labor leadership straight to the rank and file.

The former president told strikers, “If your ‘leaders’ won’t endorse me, vote them out of office, now. With the Democrats and Crooked Joe calling the shots, you’ll be jobless and penniless within four years.”

Earlier last week, Trump urged the UAW to prioritize opposition to electric vehicle (EV) mandates. The candidate cautioned that Biden’s EV policies will destroy the U.S. auto industry, and repealing these measures should be the UAW’s non-negotiable demand.

Trump declared that “the best interests of American workers have always been my number one concern.” He also accused Biden of betraying the trust of the auto industry to kowtow to environmental extremists within the Democratic Party.

He cautioned that if the White House’s EV initiatives are allowed to stand, the American automotive industry will go out of business. These jobs, Trump warned, will be sent to China.

Nothing, he added, is more critical than defeating the Biden EV mandates.

The UAW strike continued as the new week began along with talks between the Big Three Detroit automakers and union officials. Little progress is reported in the standoff, which marks the first time strikes have been coordinated against all three major companies at the same time.

Currently there are about 12,700 strikers affecting three U.S. assembly plants — one for each of the Big Three companies. Speculation abounds that the UAW will expand the walkout to more plants to intensify pressure to settle the strike.