Former President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden and his administration’s “indefensible” electric vehicle “mandate” as the president heads to Detroit to picket with United Auto Workers members on strike.
Trump released a statement on Tuesday blasting Biden for his goal to have two-thirds of new passenger cars and a quarter of new heavy trucks sold in the United States be all-electric by 2032. While it is not a mandate, the administration has set targets and imposed pollution rules to reach these goals, drawing criticism from Republicans and some car manufacturers.
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“Joe Biden’s draconian and indefensible electric vehicle mandate will annihilate the U.S. auto industry and cost countless thousands of autoworkers their jobs,” Trump said. “The only thing Biden could say today that would help the striking autoworkers is to announce the immediate termination of his ridiculous mandate.”
“Joe Biden’s draconian and indefensible Electric Vehicle mandate will annihilate the U.S. auto industry and cost countless thousands of autoworkers their jobs…Crooked Joe should be ashamed to show his face before these hardworking Americans he is stabbing in the back… pic.twitter.com/IP0LhYKfzB
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) September 26, 2023
The switch to electric vehicles put the UAW and auto manufacturers on a collision course, as many of the “Big Three” factories are jointly owned by battery companies and are not subject to union wage and benefit standards that are in place at tradition …