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Biden cracks jokes about Trump’s hair, acquires another major union endorsement

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Ashley Murray, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 25, 2024

WASHINGTON — Cheered for his pro-union stance and promise to rework the tax code, President Joe Biden picked up a major endorsement Wednesday from North America’s Building Trades Unions, a massive labor organization now committing resources in the battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The Democratic leader received multiple standing ovations at the union’s Washington, D.C., conference, during which he jabbed former President Donald Trump, a Republican, for not delivering on infrastructure and giving tax breaks to wealthy corporations.

Alluding to Trump’s time as host on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” Biden said Trump “learned that telling people ‘You’re fired’ was something to laugh about.”

The phrase is “no joke,” Biden said to loud cheers, “especially being fired because you had no protection. Folks, I guess that’s how you look at the world from Mar-a-Lago, where Trump and his rich friends embrace the same failed trickle-down policies that have failed working class families and union families for 40 years.”

However, union members did laugh when Biden delivered sharp digs about Trump.

“Remember when he was trying to deal with COVID, and he said just inject a little bleach in your vein? He missed, it all went to his hair,” Biden said.

“I shouldn’t have said that,” Biden continued after the crowd stood to clap.

Biden also told union members that the Trump-era Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which sunsets at the end of 2025, will be “expired and dead forever if I’m re-elected.”

The president’s platform includes establishing a minimum tax on billionaires, expanding the child tax credit and opposing any tax increases on people earning less than $400,000.

Mobilizing voters

The NABTU, which estimates more than 3 million members in the U.S. and Canada, is promising an “unprecedented field program” to mobilize 250,000 members on behalf of Biden’s campaign in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The endorsement follows the backing of the United Auto Workers of America, another major union that formally announced support in January just months after Biden marched with its striking workers on the picket line in Michigan.

NABTU President Sean McGarvey said in a press release that “no elected official has shown our members and their families more respect than President Joe Biden.”

McGarvey pointed to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act as successes during Biden’s administration that “brought life-changing, opportunity-creating, generational change focused on the working men and women of this great country who have for far too long been clamoring for a leader to finally keep their word.”

McGarvey, who started his career with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in Philadelphia, delivered blistering remarks about Trump in an endorsement ad played Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“The only difference between the Donald Trump of the 80s and the Donald Trump of today is: He feels totally free to let his dark side out … We can’t let our democracy that we’ve worked for and we’ve cherished just disintegrate with the wrong leader at the wrong time,” McGarvey said.

The union also endorsed Biden in 2020.

Trump’s campaign responded to the rally in a campaign email by calling the president “cognitively impaired” for apparently reading a directional cue on a teleprompter.

The campaign circulated a post on X in which the Republican National Committee Research account wrote, “BIDEN, reading from his teleprompter: ‘Four more years? Pause?’ It’s all completely staged.”

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