In a strongly worded response, President Biden's reelection campaign has criticized Donald Trump's recent visit to Michigan as a feeble attempt to court blue-collar workers in the midst of the United Auto Workers' strike. The campaign wasted no time in releasing an advertisement just one day after President Biden made history by joining a picket line of autoworkers in suburban Detroit, marking the first time a sitting president had participated in a strike. Apparently, this momentous occasion proved too much for Trump to ignore, prompting him to make a desperate bid for attention with a prime-time speech addressing the strike.
Kevin Munoz, the spokesperson for the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign, minced no words when he stated, "More empty promises in Michigan or anywhere else cannot erase Donald Trump's egregious failures and broken commitments to America's workers. He cannot conceal his anti-labor and anti-jobs track record from the numerous American workers he has disappointed. This election will present a choice between President Biden's genuine advocacy for working Americans and a rehash of billionaire Donald Trump's unfulfilled pledges to the middle class."
In an effort to underscore their message, the Biden campaign launched a 30-second TV ad entitled "Delivers," which takes direct aim at Trump. This ad is currently being broadcast on national cable channels, local TV, and digital billboards in key Michigan cities such as Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing. It's part of a comprehensive 16-week, $25 million campaign targeting battleground states and even made its way onto Fox Business, preceding the GOP debate that Trump chose to skip in favor of delivering a speech at a nonunion auto parts shop. This prioritization raised eyebrows.
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The ad unapologetically portrays Trump as an avid golfer while highlighting the adverse effects of his tax cuts. According to the Biden campaign, these tax cuts led to plant closures among automakers and a loss of manufacturing jobs in Michigan. The ad boldly asserts, "His promises to bring back jobs never materialized. Manufacturing is returning to Michigan because Joe Biden doesn't just talk – he delivers."
Michigan holds significant importance in the 2024 election. Although Trump secured a victory there in 2016 by appealing to rank-and-file union members, he lost their support in 2020 as they gravitated towards Biden. The former president continues to advance baseless claims of widespread fraud as the reason for his defeat, but Democrats swiftly dismiss such allegations. It appears that Trump is struggling to accept that Michigan has moved on from his unfulfilled promises.