Round 1 of likely 2024 rematch happens next week—and Biden just stole Trump’s thunder

Round 1 of likely 2024 rematch happens next week—and Biden just stole Trump’s thunder

Last week, one day before the United Auto Workers launched a historic strike for higher wages, President Joe Biden delivered a speech outlining the “choice between Bidenomics and MAGAnomics.”

“Republicans have given us a failed plan of trickle-down economics that didn’t work,” he told  students at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. “My guess is, your story is just like mine: Not much trickled down that ended up helping y’all.”

Biden went on to detail the lowlights of the GOP’s trickle-down economic scheme in his view: shipping jobs overseas, hollowing out America’s main streets and middle class, blowing up the deficit, and producing anemic growth.

“And it stripped the dignity and pride and hope out of a community, one after another,” Biden concluded.

These are all important points. Also, does anyone even know the president gave that speech? Outside of event attendees, the White House press corps, and a subset of Beltway operatives, probably not.

Perhaps the biggest economy-related news of last week was the United Auto Workers union pulling the trigger on a walkout against all Big Three automakers: Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis (formerly known as Fiat Chrysler). On Friday, the UAW expanded that strike from three Midwest plants to include 38 General Motors and Stellantis distribution centers in 20 states. Ford was spared after engaging in what union leaders viewed as fruitful negotiations.

Former President Donald Trump, sensing a media moment, announced early this week he would visit Detroit next week to deliver a speech to autoworkers on Wednesday, Sept. 27, instead of participating in the second Republican presidential debate. Whatever one might think of Trump and his politics, he has a sixth sense for exploiting opportunities to generate news.

United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain, sensing that exploitation, immediately rejected Trump’s bid to co-opt the moment for his personal political gain.

“Every fiber of our union is being poured into fighting the billionaire class and an economy that enriches people like Donald Trump at the expense of workers,” Fain said in a statement Tuesday. “We can’t keep electing billionaires and millionaires that don’t have any understanding what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to get by and expecting them to solve the problems of the working class.”

Trump is going anyway.

And so is President Biden—only one day earlier than Trump.

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