Trump Goes Looking for the Union Label

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Pray Vote Stand Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on September 15, 2023, in Washington, D.C.(Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Donald Trump is looking for a better way to skip the Republican debates.

After a strongly meh softball session with Tucker Carlson on Elon Musk’s X to counter-program last month’s GOP debate in Milwaukee, the former president is trying something more dramatic—and riskier—to skip next week’s debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Trump will follow in the footsteps of another California Republican, Richard Nixon, deploying a “blue collar strategy” by scheduling a visit to Detroit designed to show—maybe—solidarity with striking United Auto Workers members as the union expands its strike against the Big Three automakers, particularly General Motors.

As a stunt, this isn’t crazy—even after President Biden stole Trump’s thunder by announcing a visit set for the day before Trump’s. But it still comes with considerable baggage. 

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