John James Revealed: New Digital Ad Reveals James Is Profiting Off Ties to China Despite His Anti-China Rhetoric

The Michigan Democratic Party is launching a new digital ad holding failed politician John James accountable for misleading voters by hypocritically talking tough on the Chinese government while he enriches himself from his business dealings with China. The digital ad, titled “Hiding The Truth” details how James has been caught trying to have it both ways by portraying himself as tough on China as he profits off his lucrative business arrangement. The ad is a four figure buy and will be targeting voters statewide.

The digital ad details how James has been profiting off China, as newly revealed records show that his multi-million dollar international shipping logistics company operates with China as an export-import partner. James has tried to erase the evidence by deleting campaign videos in which he displayed Chinese flags in his warehouse and admitted his company does business with China, all while trying to deceive voters with ramped-up anti-China rhetoric. James’ posturing comes as Washington Republicans set the marching orders for him to attack China to deflect from President Trump’s failed COVID-19 response.

“Failed politician John James is once again hypocritically misleading Michiganders by telling them one thing and then doing another behind closed doors,” said Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “James talks a big game on holding the Chinese government accountable, but the fact is he’s quietly enriching himself doing business with China and has stood by Trump as he sent medical supplies to China while the pandemic was spreading at home. Michiganders deserve better and they deserve the truth on James’ business dealings with China.”

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Full Transcript for “Hiding the Truth”: 

Narrator: Republican politician John James got his marching orders from Mitch McConnell and Washington Republicans: Talk tough on China, even if you’re making money off them.

John James: China has been taking advantage of our economy for decades.

Narrator: That’s how John James talks – like a politician. But there are things he doesn’t want Michigan to know. 

John James is President of a multi-million dollar international shipping conglomerate. Annual revenue is over $100 million. And the record shows: John James profits off his relationship with China. 

Analysis of shipping records reveals hundreds of China shipments. This year alone, James’ company appears to have imported 6 containers from China. Shipping container, after shipping container, after shipping container – all going to or from China – all of them photographed in his company’s lot. And he acts like China is the problem?!? 

But it’s not just that. John James is covering up the evidence.

He deleted a campaign video that showed Chinese flags in his warehouse. Another deleted video revealed his company does business with China, and at a closed door Republican fundraiser, he said the same thing.

So you see – there’s the John James that talks.

John James: China has been taking advantage of our economy for decades.

Narrator: And then there’s his record profiting off his business with China. That may work for John James. But it doesn’t work for Michigan.

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.