Trump demands union support for nationalist vision, warns of doom otherwise

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Former president Donald Trump sharpened a stridently nationalist pitch for a general election rematch against President Biden, trading the GOP primary debate stage for a factory floor where he demanded union support for his vision of more aggressive state intervention in industrial policy.

“I’m here tonight to lay out a vision for a revival of economic nationalism,” Trump said.

He added: “We’re going to take their money. We’re going to take their factories. We’re going to rebuild the industrial bedrock of this country.”

Trump offered his support to striking members of the United Auto Workers but demanded the union’s official endorsement or else warned of their imminent extinction.