President Joe Biden traveled to Michigan on Thursday to give a speech at the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union building after the Union’s president, Shawn Fain, issued an official endorsement for Biden.
“We can stand up and elect someone who stands with us, or we can elect someone who will divide us and fight us every step of the way,” said Fain
The trip, which was meant to celebrate the endorsement, saw Biden deliver an awkward speech as protestors outside revealed a critical split between the Democrat president and his base.
During the speech, Biden defended the American manufacturing industry against those who say China will overtake the U.S., touting the growth of U.S. manufacturing jobs, in numbers skewed by the massive loss of jobs during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
“Remember they told us we were dead — manufacturing is dead in America and China was going to eat our lunch? Well, guess what, man? We don’t taste that good,” said Biden.
As Biden’s speech was receiving polite chuckles and muted applause from the tens of union workers inside the building, “Genocide Joe” was being given a far different reception by left-wing protestors outside the building.
On his drive to the UAW event, the president passed by nearly 200 pro-Palestine protestors, according to the Associated Press, who came to object to the President’s support of Israel, and his failure to meet with any Arab Americans on his trip to the state with by far the largest Arab population in the nation.
Protestors were reportedly chanting that they would not vote for him, and repeating the anti-Israel phrase “from the river to the sea,” which calls for the destruction of the Israeli state.
“Hey Biden, what do you say? We won’t vote on Election Day,” chanted protestors.
The protest continued after Biden entered the UAW building, with 150 protestors remaining outside during Biden’s speech, as they were held back by police in full riot gear.
During Biden’s speech, he did not address the ongoing protests just outside the door, nor did he mention the Israel-Hamas conflict, which has caused a significant split in his party.
Instead, Biden focused on praising American workers and trying to endear himself to working-class Americans.
“You know, that old expression in a little town I grew up in in Delaware,” said Biden “You all are the ones that ‘brung me to the dance.'”
Biden then went on in an attempt to relate to the autoworkers by recounting his fondness for his corvette.
“I tell you what, man, I got up to 130 miles an hour, though. Secret Service doesn’t like riding with me very much anymore,” said Biden.
The speech wound-down with Biden calling Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Michigan) to the microphone, confusedly asking if the mic had been turned off, then, when it was confirmed that the mic remained on, praising Gov. Whitmer as “the best governor in the country.”