IUPAT Delivers Scathing Statement on Divisive First Presidential Debate, Americans Deserve Better


Washington, DC – IUPAT Delivers Scathing Statement on Divisive First Presidential Debate, Americans Deserve Better

Last night’s presidential debate was insulting and completely divorced from what Americans are dealing with in this country. 12 million Americans have lost their health insurance in the last 6 months, nearly a million Americans filed for unemployment for the first time last week, and as it’s the end of the month today, millions of working families nationwide have to make tough decisions on how to pay their bills.

When it came to the issues that impact our members and the nation most like the economy and healthcare, Trump had insults to offer instead of solutions. Bullying and name-calling do nothing to offer the stability and assurance to the working people of our country desperately need and deserve. Trump’s racism and division became painfully evident last night when he couldn’t even condemn white supremacy when asked and then proceeded to put far-right groups on standby. While Trump constantly interrupted and changed topics, he didn’t give the American people a chance to hear the solutions Vice President Biden has to the many crises currently facing our nation. From the PRO Act to robust federal infrastructure funding, Biden has solutions which is why our trade union and nearly every union has endorsed his campaign for president. We deserve much better and we all know it. That’s why we’re organizing to replace the union buster in the White House who spent his time during the debate last night as he spends most days, trying to divide us up and pit us against each other.

In solidarity, there is strength and on November 3rd, we will show the nation the power we have when we stand together.

Ken Rigmaiden – General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)


Represents a growing community of over 110,000 active and retired craftspeople in the United States and Canada. The IUPAT membership extends far beyond the workplace.

Recognized as one of the most active unions in the labor movement, IUPAT members help shape their communities in many ways: through an abiding commitment to service, by fighting passionately for workers’ rights that benefit all working families, and through effective worker education and mobilization.

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