John James Revealed: James Called Out for Deflecting Blame from Trump’s COVID Response After He Purposefully Downplayed the Virus

James has praised Trump’s Coronavirus response saying he did “everything that he possibly thought was best

In case you missed it, failed politician and failed businessman John James shamelessly deflected blame from Trump’s mismanaged pandemic response during a Trump rally in Michigan.

But reporters were quick to note the absurdity of James’ claims as new reports reveal Trump admitted in his own words in February and March that he knew the virus was “deadly” but that he was “playing it down” — knowingly misleading the public about the threat of the virus. Yet, James has refused to criticize or even break from the president’s failed response. 

  • Detroit Metro Times: “The mess continued with opening act John James, the Republican who is running to unseat Democratic Senator Gary Peters, who, according to James, “downplayed the virus at the beginning of this year.” Uhh, wait until James hears about what Trump said!
  • Will Steakin, ABC News: “Ummmm. Does John James know he’s speaking at a rally for Trump, who literally told Woodward he downplayed the virus?: “I wanted to always play it down…I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

“At the same event John James accepted Trump’s ‘total and complete endorsement,’ he showed his loyalty to the President who has downplayed and misled the American people about the threat of the pandemic,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “While James deflects blame and covers up for Trump, Michigan has paid the price for the president’s failed response that has cost nearly 7,000 lives and left roughly 2.6 million workers unemployed.”

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.