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Ramaswamy calls Biden’s trip to UAW picket line a ‘smokescreen to deflect reality’ 

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy on Saturday called President Biden’s planned visit to striking autoworkers in Michigan a “smokescreen to distract from reality.”

“Biden’s ‘protest’ visit to Michigan is a smokescreen to distract from reality, and the UAW strike is just a symptom of a much deeper problem: the trio of rising prices, rising interest rates, and stagnant wages.” says a conservative entrepreneur. Posted in Xthe platform formerly known as Twitter.

His comments came just a day after Biden, who has described himself as the most pro-union president, announced he would travel to Detroit to support the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike.

“On Tuesday, I will travel to Michigan to join the picket line and stand in solidarity with the men and women of the UAW as they fight for a fair share of the value they created,” Biden said. “The time is now for a win-win agreement that keeps America’s auto manufacturing industry thriving with high-wage UAW jobs.”

Ramaswamy ridiculed Biden’s plan and blamed the president’s economic policies in part for the strikes.

“American workers deserve answers about the terrible economic policies and ‘public service protections’ enjoyed by federal bureaucrats that are not available to ordinary workers,” he wrote. “The picket lines we need are in Washington, D.C., not in Detroit. That’s the hard truth.”

Former President Trump, who is also running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, made similar comments to Ramaswamy, claiming that the Biden administration’s policies were partly to blame for the attack.

Trump: ‘Crooked Joe sold them down the river with his stupid all-electric car hoax’ Told on Truth Social early Saturday morning. “Within three years, all these cars will be made in China.”

President Trump announced that he will be absent from the second Republican primary debate and will visit Michigan on September 27th. The campaign claimed that Biden’s visit was “nothing more than a cheap photo op for a man caught between a rock and a political rock.”

The UAW union began its strike just over a week ago, when negotiations with the three major automakers (Ford, GM and Stellantis) broke down before the autoworkers’ contracts were up. On Friday, the union expanded its efforts to more than 38 locations in 28 states and urged Biden to join the fight.

As the auto industry shifts to electric vehicles, unions are demanding higher wages and better protection.

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