President Trump tore apart Joe Biden’s job creation record at a loud rally in the main battlefield state of Michigan Thursday night, calling the former veep a “Washington Vulture.”
“If Biden is elected, China will own America. Washington vultures like Biden and others have torn apart entire cities in your state, ”Trump told a crowd of supporters in a crowded airport hangar in Freeland, Michigan.
“Michigan has lost half of all manufacturing jobs under the Biden-sponsored trade deals,” the president continued during a 90-minute speech.
Trump won the state by a razor-thin margin of 10,704 votes in 2016 in a big surprise over Hillary Clinton and is hoping for a more resounding victory in must-win state Wolverine in November.
Once a thriving auto manufacturing hub, Michigan has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs, in part due to free trade agreements like NAFTA and China̵
“No president has been better for Michigan, remember that, and I will remember Michigan,” said Trump to “four more years of jubilation.”
He railed against “the terrible damage Joe Biden has wrought over the past 47 years” and claimed that the Obama-Biden administration “almost killed the US auto industry.”
“Joe Biden supported the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership that would have been a death sentence for American auto jobs. I withdrew from the TPP in my first week of office. It was so easy. “
“You wouldn’t have built cars. They would have bought cars from foreign countries. We have enough of that, ”he continued.
Trump’s visit to Rustbelt State followed his opponent’s swing across Michigan on Wednesday.
On the RealClearPolitics survey average, Biden is 4.2 percentage points ahead, but that’s half the 8.4-point advantage he had over Trump in early June.
Biden’s “Made in America” platform, which was surrounded by Ford trucks and American flags in Detroit on Wednesday, seemed straight out of Trump’s playbook.
The former Veep said he would impose a 10 percent penalty on offshoring jobs and beat Trump for failing to keep his promises to create U.S. manufacturing jobs.
“Under Trump, Michigan lost nearly 20,000 auto manufacturing jobs. Almost 80,000 were created during the Obama-Biden administration, “Biden said.
Biden said before the pandemic, “Trump created an average of 500,000 jobs, fewer per year than the last three years when President Obama and I were in office.”
During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper just hours before Trump took the stage, Biden admitted that Trump’s USMCA deal is “better than NAFTA”.
Trump also slapped Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer over coronavirus bans that sparked armed protests, saying, “Open your state, Ms. Governor, open your state.”
“Just like crazy Nancy Pelosi, your governor is a liberal hypocrite who lives by different rules,” the president said, referring to the spokesman’s maskless visit to a hair salon in San Francisco.
“Her husband was caught trying to put his boat in the water on Memorial Day week while she was ordering people in Michigan to stay in their homes and bankrupt businesses left and right,” added Trump.
Additional reporting from Steven Nelson