Left-wing operatives who spoke on condition of anonymity admitted the move was strategically brilliant.
“Trump scooped us. Now if we announce we’re going, it looks like we’re just going because of Trump,” a Democratic strategist told Politico. “We waited too long. That’s the challenge.”
Now, if Biden announces a rally with the striking workers, it will seem like he’s only doing it because of Trump, another adviser said.
“He boxed Biden in. It was kinda genius,” the union adviser said.
Despite claiming to be a champion of Big Labor, Biden faces a precarious situation if the strike lingers long into campaign season, potentially driving inflation, supply chains and other recessionary factors ever nearer as he desperately tries to gaslight the public with claims that his Bidenomics policies have succeeded where many continue to feel only economic pain.
“We should not underestimate Donald Trump. He’s a survivor and this is going to be a very hard-fought campaign,” Khanna said.
“We need a message to working-class Americans,” he added. “Right now, they’re still hurting in terms of gas prices, food prices, housing costs, utilities costs, and they don’t feel like their wages are going up fast enough, and they feel like the very wealthy are getting too much of the rewards. That’s what I heard on the picket lines.”
Trump also released an ad blitz in support of the UAW workers this week, arguing that Biden’s policies have robbed them of the American dream.
“All they’ve ever wanted is to compete fairly worldwide and get their fair share of the American dream,” Trump says in a radio ad, according to the New York Times. “Donald Trump calls them great Americans and has always had their backs.”