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Vice President Joe Biden isn’t letting up his criticism of Donald Trump’s outreach to working-class voters.
In a speech in Warren, Ohio, on Thursday, Biden mocked Trump’s attempts to argue against raising the minimum wage, noting that the real-estate magnate’s patrician upbringing allowed him to receive a million-dollar loan from his father to start a business.
“This is a guy born with a silver spoon in his mouth that he’s choking on because now his foot’s in his mouth along with the spoon,” Biden said.
Touting his work bailing out the auto industry in front of the union-heavy crowd, Biden argued that wealthy Republicans like Trump would not have supported the bailout because they do not truly understand the financial concerns of autoworkers and union workers.
“He doesn’t understand this any more than you understand what it’s like to live in a 30,000-square-foot penthouse 80 floors up in New York. You don’t understand that, I don’t understand,” Biden said.
“What was the mainstream center-right press saying?” Biden said of the bailout. “We could never build more than 6 million cars in America. Mainly because you weren’t competent. You’d lost your desire to work hard. You’d gotten fat and happy. That was the whole story. That’s still Trump’s story.”
While the government-assisted auto recovery is still a potent memory for many workers in Ohio whose jobs are intertwined with the success of the industry, Trump has waffled on whether supporting the bailout was a smart idea. In 2008, the real-estate magnate said that he was behind it “100%,” but at a rally in Michigan last year, he said that he was ambivalent.
“You could have let it go, and rebuilt itself, through the free enterprise system,” Trump said. “You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly, and rebuilt itself, and a lot of people felt it should happen. Or you could have done it the way it went. I could have done it either way. Either way would have been acceptable. I think you would have wound up in the same place.”