Former President Trump speaks at non union auto parts company in Clinton Township amid UAW strike

Trump had a message for UAW President Shawn Fain

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Former President Donald Trump skipped out on Wednesday night’s second GOP debate being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Instead, he spoke at Drake Enterprises, which is a non-union auto parts company in Clinton Township.

Trump is in the running for the White House again and is likely looking for blue-collar votes in Michigan, which is a critical swing state.

The former president had a message for UAW President Shawn Fain as well.

“Shawn, endorse Trump, and you could take a nice two-month vacation, and when you come back, you guys are going to be better than you ever were,” said Trump. “Because the other way, you won’t have a vacation, Shawn. In a short time, you’re not going to have a union, jobs, or anything. It’s common sense, but unlike them, I’ll never surrender for you, and the American worker never surrenders.”

There were some UAW members in attendance.

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Read: Auto workers union to announce plans on Friday to expand strike in contract dispute with companies

About the Authors:

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.