“James has made four appearances on Fox News during the pandemic, but otherwise has been a hard-to-reach candidate for in-state reporters” — Crain’s Detroit Business [6/28/20]
After months of hiding from Michiganders and under pressure from local reporters, failed politician John James has faced skepticism from Michigan press as he flip flops on everything from his support for Trump, health care, trade and following COVID-19 guidelines of wearing a mask.
In a new interview with Crain’s Detroit Business, James was “twisted in a pretzel” on his support for Trump and wanting to win farmers “without pointing the finger at Trump, whose tariff policies have devastated them.” James was also caught flat-footed on policy issues, failing to respond to questions about Trump’s recent temporary ban on guest worker visas while trying to defend needing more visas.
James was also interviewed on WDIV-TV and was immediately panned for flip flopping on his support for wearing a mask and following Coronavirus guidelines just 10 days after he appeared with Vice President Mike Pence in a crowded restaurant without a mask. On health care, James repeated right-wing talking points, saying he wants a “market-based, patient-centered approach” but failed to articulate a plan that would guarantee protections for pre-existing conditions. James also doubled down on trying to distance himself from the President despite him recently appearing at events with Trump and Trump Jr., including when Trump Jr. stated James was “all for” the Trump agenda. As Michigan pundit Rochelle Riley put it: James “#CantHaveItBothWays”.
“John James spent a year hiding from Michiganders and it’s clear why – he can’t get beyond rhetoric and gets caught flip-flopping at every turn,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “Michiganders deserve a Senator who will be an independent voice for the Great Lakes State, instead of someone who is ‘2000%’ with Trump and will say anything to get elected.”
The Michigan Democratic Party launched JohnJamesRevealed.com to hold the failed U.S. Senate candidate accountable for his positions – including those made over the course of the 2018 campaign that he then tried to delete after losing that campaign. For the first year of his campaign, James was largely in hiding from Michigan press and voters to try to paper over his out-of-touch record, and has only come out of hiding after facing scrutiny from Michiganders.