President Trump took to Twitter with a myriad of posts on Wednesday morning, all pointed at the leaders of the largest firefighters union in the country. Trump’s tirade began when the union—which is made up of about 316,000 members—gave their 2020 presidential endorsement to former Vice President Joe Biden and not Trump’s own re-election effort.
“I’ve done more for Firefighters than this dues sucking union will ever do, and I get paid ZERO!” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.
The International Association of Fire Fighters gave Biden his first union endorsement Monday, days after the former vice president had officially jumped into the race for president.
Biden has made courting the support of organized labor a key proponent of his campaign rollout in order to make a splash in the deep Democratic primary field.
The blue-collar workers who make up the membership of labor unions had historically been a key Democratic constituency before shifting to vote for Trump in the 2016 election. Several unions also faced backlash from membership earlier in the 2016 race for endorsing Hillary Clinton over then-dark horse candidate Bernie Sanders.
The IAFF is the first major labor union to throw its support behind Biden, but the former vice president’s support with middle-class voters and Trump’s persistent antagonizing of union leaders who scorn him mean it’s likely not to be the last.
IAFF President Harold Schaitberger appeared on Fox News where he explained his group’s endorsement was based on a combination of “performance and delivery.”
“Joe Biden has supported firefighters, our members, and their profession for a 40-year career,” the IAFF president claimed. Schaitberger went on to name a number of specific issues he believed Biden would support as president and some he has supported over his lengthy career in politics.
“We’re loyal. And we respect and reward those who stand with us, and in this case, we’re standing with Joe Biden,” he continued, via Politico. “Our job as a union is to support the candidate that supports the issues that enhance their careers, their professions, their economic future. That’s our role. We don’t question their personal views.”
Also during the interview, Schaitberger explained how the endorsement would pan out in the political arena and whether the money from member dues would go to candidates they personally do not support.
Watch the interview and his full endorsement below:
The president followed his tweet with over 50 tweets of people complaining about the union acting of its own interests and not that of its members. Check it out: