John James Revealed: As RNC Begins, Reminder that John James is “2,000%” With Trump, 0% With Michigan

As the Republican National Convention begins, Republicans just doubled down on their unwavering support of Trump, in lieu of any policy platform. And just like his party leaders, failed politician John James stands “2,000%” with Trump and won’t break with the President even when his disastrous agenda fails Michigan.

Here’s a reminder on how James has proven he’s “all for” the Trump agenda: 

  • Pro-DeVos, Anti-Public Education: James has said he believes Betsy DeVos is doing a “very, very good” job as Education Secretary even as she pushes for public schools to reopen – despite having no plan to safely do so. The DeVos family has rewarded James for his support by pumping nearly a million dollars into the race.
  • Standing with the Trump-McConnell Failed COVID-19 Response: Trump’s mismanaged coronavirus response of repeatedly downplaying the threat and failing to adequately address the pandemic has hurt Michigan, with nearly 107,000 cases and more than 2 million workers filing for unemployment. But John James has praised Trump’s failed response, saying, “the President has done everything that he possibly thought was best.”  
  • Vowing to Repeal the ACA, No Plan to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions: James has called the ACA a “monstrosity” and promised to “work [his] tail off” to remove it if elected, while having no plan to protect people with pre-existing conditions. James has refused to oppose the Trump-GOP led lawsuit to overturn the ACA in the courts, a lawsuit made possible by the GOP tax law he fully supported. He’s also been endorsed by far right groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Koch-funded FreedomWorks who only endorse candidates that support full repeal of the ACA.
  • Supporting Trump’s Erratic Trade Wars: James has silently stood behind the President as he got rolled by China and as his erratic trade wars threatened the livelihood of farmers, as well as Michigan manufacturers with increased prices on aluminum and steel. 

“John James is Trump and McConnell’s hand-picked candidate because they know he’d be a rubber stamp for their agenda which hurts Michigan. From vowing to repeal the law that protects 1.7 million Michiganders with pre-existing conditions, to supporting Betsy DeVos’ anti-education agenda, and standing in lockstep with the Trump agenda – it’s clear Michiganders can’t trust him to be an independent voice for Michigan,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn.

The Michigan Democratic Party launched 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.