Trump defends ‘carnage’ comment as reference to foreign car imports following outrage

Former President Donald Trump insisted on Monday that his ominous comment predicting a “bloodbath” if he loses the November election to President Biden was a direct reference to the threat his opponent poses to the US auto industry – and not a warning for violence by his supporters.

Trump, 77, took to Truth Social to defend his statement at a rally on Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, that there would be “a bloodbath for the country” if he does not win a second non-consecutive term and impose foreign auto tariffs .

“The Fake News Media and their Democratic partners in the destruction of our nation pretended to be shocked by my use of the word BLOCKS, even though they fully understood that I was simply referring to imports allowed by Crooked Joe Biden, who was murdering the auto industry,” the 45th president wrote on his account.

Former President Donald Trump insisted on Monday that his ominous comments about a “bloodbath” if he loses the 2024 election to President Biden were a reference to the threat his opponent poses to the US auto industry. AFP via Getty Images

“The United Auto Workers, but not their leadership, fully understand what I mean. With the electric car mandate being pushed by Biden, soon there will be no more cars being made in the US – UNLESS I GET ELECTED PRESIDENT, IN WHICH CASE THE CAR MANUFACTURER WILL BLOOM LIKE NEVER BEFORE!!! MAGA2024.”

Biden’s reelection campaign has shot back that the former president “wants another January 6” — and is out of step with voters who “continue to reject his extremism, his affection for violence and his thirst for revenge.”

“This is who Donald Trump is: a loser who is defeated by more than 7 million votes and then, instead of appealing to a broader mainstream audience, doubles down on his threats of political violence,” spokesman James Singer said in a statement.

The media also covered the comment, but many noted that it was made in relation to the ability of domestic automakers to sell cars.

“We’re going to impose a 100% tariff on every car that comes across the border, and you won’t be able to sell those cars if I get elected. If I don’t get elected, it will be a bloodbath for the whole – to say the least,” Trump thundered at the rally.

Shawn Fain, president of the United Auto Workers, endorsed the 81-year-old Biden at a conference in Washington, D.C., in January and denounced Trump as a “scab.” AP

United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain endorsed the 81-year-old Biden at the group’s annual conference in Washington in January, denouncing Trump as a “scab” and “corporate man” who would “try to squeeze the American worker ‘if he ‘were ever to work in a country’. [an] automatic installation.”

Trump fired back in a Truth Social post that Fain was a “STIFF” selling the auto industry straight into the big, powerful hands of China,” announcing that it had become the world’s largest auto exporter that month.

“He supported Biden’s ‘vision’ of all electric vehicles, which will require far fewer workers to make each car, but more importantly, will not be wanted in large numbers by consumers, and will ALL be made in China,” added he added.

Biden became the first president to join a picket line when he visited UAW workers outside Detroit in September, who went on strike against the three largest U.S. automakers for a 40% pay increase and a 32-hour work week. REUTERS

Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency proposed last year that two-thirds of cars sold in the US would be all-electric by 2032. The UAW has called on its members to oppose that proposal while demanding higher tariffs on imports of foreign cars.

Biden, who claims he is leading “the most pro-union administration in American history,” became the first president to join a picket line when he visited UAW workers outside Detroit in September who were striking against the three largest U.S. automakers — General Motors. , Ford and Stellantis – for a 40% pay increase and a 32-hour work week.

Rank-and-file members, however, have expressed support for Trump. A union member on the picket line who fist bumped Biden suggested he was considering voting for Trump, in contrast to Biden’s electric vehicle mandate, the BBC reported.

Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency proposed last year that two-thirds of cars sold in the U.S. should be all-electric vehicles by 2032. The UAW has called on its members to oppose this while demanding higher tariffs on imports of foreign cars. TNS

The former president signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in 2020, which increased auto tariffs from levels previously set under the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement — but in January the UAW said the legislation from the Trump era “didn’t go far enough.”

The union has more than 391,000 active members and more than 580,000 retired members in the US, making it the largest domestic auto union and a prime target for presidential candidates in heavy manufacturing states like Michigan, which Trump won in 2016 before losing to Biden . four years later.

However, according to New York Times exit polls, Trump was supported in 2020 by at least 40% of households with at least one family member who was a member of a union, the highest of any Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan.

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