The race for USA 2024 is increasingly coming to the fore, with rallies and TV debates. Former US President Donald Trump said in Detroit that it is not important whether the auto workers’ strike leads to a favorable agreement in negotiations with Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, because “within two years you will lose work”. And he then attacked Joe Biden on his choice to encourage the transition to electric cars. According to the tycoon, it is a choice that “will end up favoring China” and “will kill thousands of jobs”. The tycoon, however, relaunched his recipe: “American production, made with skilled American hands and with American supplies”. Meanwhile, the debate between the Republican candidates took place, in which Trump chose not to participate.
The Republican debate and attacks on Trump
During the debate, Florida governor Ron DeSantis was the first of the Republican candidates to attack Trump. Speaking at the TV duel hosted in California, DeSantis challenged the tycoon “the fact that he had to be here at the debate”, and accused him of “doing nothing, like Joe Biden”. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie then took things further, before Mike Pence and Nikki Haley. “Donald, I know you’re watching, you can’t resist. You’re afraid of being on this stage to defend your results”, he said, inventing the nickname “Donald Duck” for him, i.e. the not very courageous Donald Duck. The attacks – for now – have not triggered Trump, who snubbed the second debate at the Reagan Library to launch himself into the rally in Michigan among the striking auto industry workers.
Without Trump, attention was mainly focused on DeSantis, who five months ago was considered the tycoon’s great challenger and instead collapsed in the polls. The governor probably improved his performance in the first duel, but he also launched extreme messages such as sending American soldiers to Mexico to fight the drug cartel. But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has repeatedly reiterated that he will not allow American soldiers to cross the border.