Biden tries to appeal to union workers by bashing Trump for inheriting his wealth

President Biden on Friday criticized former President Donald Trump, who inherited wealth, and sought to appeal to union workers.

The president, speaking at a Washington, D.C., conference of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), a major labor group seeking re-election, drew comparisons to President Trump’s background.

“Some people grow up learning very different lessons than you or I,” the president said. “They learned, and my opponents learned, too, that the best way to get rich is to inherit it. I can’t really argue with them, but yeah—”

Trump famously started his business with a $1 million loan from his father, Fred Trump.he reported to have received He received at least $413 million from his father over time.

“They learn that it’s working people who pay taxes, not the super-rich. They learn that it’s laughable to tell people you’ve been fired. I It’s not where I’m from. It’s not where I grew up,” Biden said, his voice rising from the stage.

President Trump’s popular reality show, “The Apprentice,” fired contestants in the boardroom in a unique style.

“I guess that’s how they see the world from Park Avenue and Mar-a-Lago, but I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Claymont, Delaware. Like many of you, So did working-class and middle-class towns,” Biden told union members.

“Nobody gave you anything. You paid your taxes. And to be told you were fired was not entertainment, it was a devastating nightmare for your family,” the president added.

He fielded more jabs at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, drawing comparisons to Scranton. The president was in the country earlier this week on a campaign trip, during which he argued that Republicans want to raise taxes for working-class Americans.

“Folks, where we come from matters. That’s why when I look at the economy, not through the eyes of Mar-a-Lago, but literally through the eyes of Scranton, where I grew up, and my grandfather’s kitchen table. We look at the economy through this,” the president said. “I see it through the eyes of working people like you and the core values ​​of integrity, civility, hard work, and faith that you represent. It matters.”

Biden has worked to rebuild the coalition that brought him to the White House in 2020 with union members in mind. Union households began to shift from blue to red in 2016, with Trump winning in states like Michigan, and Biden winning in 2020.

The president has often said he is the most pro-union president in history, and last year he made history by joining the picket line in a strike with autoworkers.

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