President Biden in Detroit says Trump 'not your typical Republican'

Craig Mauger, The Detroit News on

Published in Political News

DETROIT — Democratic President Joe Biden told a group of his supporters in Detroit Sunday his general election opponent, Republican Donald Trump, would reverse efforts his administration has made to protect the environment and expand health insurance coverage.

Biden made the comments during a brief four-minute speech at a private campaign gathering of about 50 people inside CRED Cafe, a speakeasy opened in Detroit last year by former National Basketball Association players and brothers Joe and Jordan Crawford.

During his remarks, Biden labeled Trump "a different breed of cat," adding that Trump is "not your typical Republican."

"The guy we’re running against wants to back up all of the … progress we’ve made," the Democratic president told the group.

Biden said Trump would undo policies he's implemented to safeguard the environment, but he didn't specify which ones he was referring to. And the president said Trump would dismantle initiatives that have expanded health insurance coverage and access to college to more African Americans.

Trump vowed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act but didn't muster the votes to do so during his administration.


Biden is spending much of the day reaching out to Black voters. On Sunday morning, before traveling to Michigan, he delivered the commencement address at Morehouse College, a historically Black college in Atlanta.

In a statement, Janiyah Thomas, the Trump campaign's Black media coordinator, said Biden was "on a pandering tour because he knows what we all know: without the Black vote, there is no Democrat Party."

"Today, Black voters can see through what Joe Biden is trying to sell because they know, like all Americans, that inflation is eating away at wages, the border is in chaos, and in big blue cities, Black children are trapped in unsafe neighborhoods and failing schools," Thomas said.

Air Force One landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport at about 1:10 p.m. Biden was greeted on the tarmac by a group that featured Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, state House Speaker Joe Tate, D-Detroit, and U.S. Rep. Shri Thanedar, D-Detroit.


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