As rain poured down on Trump’s crowd, screaming for freedom, it was called into question how many of the supporters were actually the autoworkers that Trump claims to support.
Small but Loud
A small but spirited gathering congregated outside Drake Enterprises, a non-union automotive manufacturing plant in Clinton Township, Michigan.
Waiting for Trump
The anticipation was palpable as they awaited the arrival of former President Donald Trump.
“We Want Our Country Back!”
As the rain fell, chants rang out: “We want our country back! Let Biden stay in his hospital bed! We want Trump!”
Autoworkers, or Blind Supporters?
Yet, amidst the fervor, it remained uncertain how many in the crowd were, in fact, autoworkers.
Crossing Biden’s Picket Line
Trump’s visit came on the heels of President Joe Biden’s appearance at a nearby picket line in Wayne, where he expressed support for the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Detroit’s major auto companies.
Supporters Rally in the Rain
Prior to Trump’s speech, hundreds of his supporters lined the streets in an industrial park, erupting in cheers as his motorcade approached.
The atmosphere mirrored the raucous energy commonly associated with Trump rallies, although this one was quite small by his standards.
Trump or Rambo?
Supporters beat on drums, while shouting “Freedom!” and waving Trump 2024 flags.
One flag featured Trump as a Rambo-esque figure brandishing a grenade launcher. Passing vehicles joined in, blasting their horns as they drove by.
Biden’s Not the Only One Who Rambles
Inside the event, Trump delivered a lengthy speech that meandered across various topics for over an hour.
He implored union workers to rally behind him, cautioning that democrats and electric cars alike posed a threat to their livelihoods.
The Real Enemy
Trump asserted that the true adversaries were China and other foreign powers, not the low wages or inept employers that the strikers were opposing.
Belittling the strikers further, he said, “Your ongoing negotiations hold less weight than you might believe.”
While the crowd was relatively modest by Trump’s standards, their enthusiasm was undeniable.
Anti-trans Rally, or Rally for Autoworkers?
They appeared unperturbed by the speech’s disjointed content, which traversed subjects from trans rights, to the Taliban, and Trump’s Republican rivals in the Election, and of course Hillary Clinton.
The Importance of Macomb
Macomb County, the location of Clinton Township, played a pivotal role in the 2024 election, with both Trump and Biden recognizing its significance in the race for the White House.
Is Trump the Only One Who Cares?
The crowd exhibited overwhelming support for Trump.
Ed Sands, a retired 73-year-old auto supplier employee, lauded Trump as the sole leader who genuinely cared about working people.
Sending Jobs South
He said, “Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Obama – they were all terrible for Macomb county, jobs went to China, south, and you see all these people here today because Trump will bring them back,”
Supporters Confident in Trump’s Triumph
Sands continued, self-assured that the former US president’s return to office is all but guaranteed, “Look around you, look at these people. Do you think he is going to lose? Do you?”
Workers vs Leaders
Christopher Demopolis, a 35-year-old heating and cooling worker, agreed, saying, “Trump supports the workers, Biden supports the leaders”.
Where Are the Autoworkers
However, amidst the event’s focus on auto unions, it remained uncertain how many union members were actually in attendance. Some attendees disclosed that they were small business proprietors or employed by small enterprises, a substantial demographic in this swing county.
Supporters Defend Their Presence
Laura, a resident of nearby Mount Clemens, defended their right to be there by saying, “That’s the thing – there are people who are union, but there’s also a whole bunch of us who are not and who work for small businesses, and we are more pro-Trump”.
Rally Follows Fraud Ruling
Trump’s visit coincided with a recent ruling by a New York judge, who found that his business empire had been built upon fraudulent practices and massive exaggerations.
Trump Supporters Unphased
Nevertheless, his supporters at the rally exhibited unwavering allegiance, dismissing concerns regarding his tax payments, with one unnamed supporter saying, “I don’t care if he didn’t pay taxes. He shouldn’t even have to pay taxes!”
Only time will tell if Trump’s or Biden’s desperate bid for Michigan will be successful, holding the power to possibly turn the tide of the 2024 election.
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