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Auto workers rally in Donald Trump’s support at Michigan campaign stop: ‘Thank you President Trump. We got your back’

Despite grappling with several legal troubles, former US President Donald Trump, hopeful of the 2024 presidential election, stepped out for an Oakland County campaign stop in Michigan on February 17. As he faces off against federal charges for his alleged contribution to the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol and other charges in Georgia for his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, he’s met with yet another demand to pay up nearly $355 million as penalty in a civil fraud case.

Former US President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump greets retired auto worker Brian Pannebeckerat during a “Get Out the Vote” rally in Waterford Township, Michigan, on February 17, 2024. The state�s primary election is set to take place on February 27. (Photo by alex wroblewski / AFP)(AFP)

Contrary to the legal opposition catching up to him for his alleged actions, he’s found support elsewhere.

Taking to the stage at a Get Out the Vote rally in Waterford Township, Trump strategically pit all attacks against him as against his supporters too. Synonymously equating all judges and prosecutors with his opposing Democrats, he said: “These are Democrats that definitely hate me. They hate you too, I hate to tell you”.

Ultimately, he found a firm voice speaking in support of him. He brought an overzealous auto worker on stage, who then did the talking for all his supporters. The retired auto worker Brian Pannebeckerat was more than ready for the moment. He made the most of the opportunity by spelling out his community’s cheers for the former president. “Thank you President Trump. We got your back. The auto workers are going to support this guy like we did in 16, 20. We’re going to do it again in 24,” said the Michigan United Auto Workers member as Trump flashed his proud smile beside him, and the room erupted with enthusiasm.

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