Former President Donald Trump said on social media Monday that he wants to end the “madness” of President Joe Biden’s push for making electric vehicles, warning it would bring an end to U.S. auto manufacturing in states like Michigan.
“The great State of Michigan will not have an auto industry anymore if crooked Joe Biden’s crazed concept of ‘all Electric Cars’ goes into effect,” Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform Monday. “China will take it all, 100%. United Auto Workers, vote for Trump. Get your leaders to endorse me, I will keep all of these great jobs, and bring in many more. Choice in schools, and choice in cars!”
The former president and current front-runner in the 2024 GOP primary said the move to electric vehicles will send all auto manufacturing jobs to China, effectively ending the U.S. auto industry.
“Shawn Fain, the respected President of the United Auto Workers, cannot even think about allowing all electric cars — they will all be made in China, and the auto industry in America will cease to exist,” Trump said in a separate post. “There is already a giant ‘E glut,’ they don’t go far or long, are very expensive, and the consumer must be given a choice. Vote for Trump, and I will stop this madness immediately! Mexico and Canada love Biden’s idiotic policy. Save Michigan and the other auto states. Save the American consumer!”
According to a December 2022 report by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, while Michigan still had the highest number of auto manufacturing jobs in the United States, with 175,745, this was only 37.2% of its former peak of more than 450,000 in 1977.
The report said that while the overall number of jobs in the state is up 33% from the automaker peak, auto manufacturing has not been a dominant factor in the state economy for more than a generation.
The Hill reported Tuesday that the Biden administration is pushing for electric car sales to account for two-thirds of the market by 2032, as the Environmental Protection Agency predicted.
The report said that 140,000 United Auto Workers union members are poised to strike against the three big automakers — General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis — when their contract expires Sept. 14.
The workers are demanding a 46% pay raise, a 32-hour work week, and the restoration of traditional pensions.