Trump Skipping Second GOP Debate, Meeting With Auto Industry Workers
Donald Trump is once again skipping a GOP primary debate.
Polling shows Donald Trump is by far the front-runner for the GOP nomination.
Republican hopefuls will hold their second presidential debate Wednesday in California but the party’s runaway frontrunner, scandal-plagued former president Donald Trump, will reduce them to a sideshow by snubbing the event.
Trump, 77, says he’s skipping the debates — usually a key staple of presidential nomination contests — because he has no need to waste time on his distant challengers.
Instead, the populist real estate tycoon, who is battling multiple criminal proceedings, ranging from fraud to stashing state secrets at his golf club residences and conspiring to overturn the 2020 election, will meet with auto industry workers in the battleground state of Michigan.
Allies of Joe Biden were worried that Donald Trump outmaneuvered them on the auto workers strike.
Biden announced a visit after Trump made his announcement.
Some Joe Biden allies fear that Donald Trump is outmaneuvering them on the auto workers’ strike with his decision to head to Detroit for a speech next week.
Democrats close to the White House said they saw Trump’s trip as a plainly cynical ploy to gain political advantage from the current United Auto Workers strike at three plants. But they also worry it is a sign that the ex-president had a more sophisticated campaign than in previous cycles — and that Biden’s operation needs to step it up.
A union adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to offer a blunt evaluation, said Trump “is still himself and will say and do crazy shit.” But, the person added, “he actually has people who know what they’re doing. He boxed Biden in. It was kinda genius.”
“Trump scooped us. Now if we announce we’re going, it looks like we’re just going because of Trump,” said a national Democratic strategist. “We waited too long. That’s the challenge.”