- The Washington Times - Monday, November 7, 2016

President Obama told a rally Monday that Donald Trump was anti-union and anti-worker, attempting to chip away the Republican presidential nominee’s support across the Rust Belt.

“When I tell you that Donald Trump is not the guy who is going to look out for you, you ought to listen,” Mr. Obama said at a rally for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Mr. Obama said that he had earned credibility with Michigan’s assembly line workers and others whose jobs rely on the auto industry because the 2009 federal bailout saved the auto industry.

“In his 70 years on earth, the Donald has never shown any regard for working folks. I don’t think he knows working people, except for the people who clean up in his hotels or mow the fairway on his golf course,” the president said. “He didn’t care about working people then, he won’t now.”

The president was in the traditionally blue state on the final day before voters go to polls to shore up support for Mrs. Clinton, who also had a rally scheduled later in the day in Michigan.

Mr. Trump put Michigan and other Rust Belt states in play by appealing to working-class voters with his strong stances on trade and illegal immigration.

Mr. Obama recounted how Mr. Trump opposed the auto industry bailout even now, despite its success.

“Just last summer, Donald Trump said, ‘You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly,’ ” he said. “That could have killed Michigan’s economy.”

Mr. Obama also mocked Mr. Trump for foregoing tweets in the final days of the campaign.

“Think about this, over the weekend, his campaign took away his Twitter account. If your closest advisers don’t trust you to tweet, then how can we trust him with the nuclear codes,” Mr. Obama said.

He was referring to a New York Times report that the Trump campaign had taken over the billionaire businessman’s Twitter account. Mr. Trump’s frequent tweets throughout the campaign helped build the grassroots support but also invited criticism for caustic insults directed at his opponents.

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