John James Revealed: With Less Than 100 Days To Go, John James Still 2000% With Trump, Out of Touch with Michigan
Failed politician John James spent the first year of his campaign largely hiding from Michigan press and voters – including refusing to speak with MI TV for 335 days straight – and instead spent time at out-of-state fundraisers and on Fox News. Now, James still won’t get past the rhetoric into the substance of his positions and is “twisted in a pretzel” on his support for Trump and policy issues. And with less than 100 days to go, “nothing has clicked” for James’ campaign.
James is trying to have it both ways, but is “all for” the Trump agenda
John James has said for years he’s “2,000%” with Trump, but as his polling slips and as “Republicans believe Michigan is gone for Trump” – James is trying to have it both ways. But “many Michigan voters aren’t drawn to Mr. James” for what he isn’t saying as he stands with Trump. James’ refusal to break from the President even as he tries to take away health care and as his failed pandemic response has hurt Michigan confirms he’s “all for” the Trump agenda.
- New York Times: A Black Republican Feels the Sting of Racism but Is Silent on Trump
- AP: GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket
- The Detroit News: Trump Jr. says John James is ‘all for’ the president’s agenda
- Daily Beast: GOP Senate Candidate Chastises Trump and Then Fundraises With Don Jr.
- Politico: The one Republican Senate candidate willing to call out Donald Trump
- Detroit Metro Times: Republican Senate hopeful John James is consistently inconsistent when it comes to Trump
- Lansing City Pulse: James Ignoring Media Outside Of Fox News And Why It Matters
- Deadline Detroit: Michigan Senate candidate John James can’t quite go there with Trump criticism
- Detroit Metro Times: Trump accused of violating federal law by promoting Senate candidate John James at Ypsilanti event
James wants to dismantle the ACA, and he has no plan to protect Michiganders with pre-existing conditions
James has vowed to repeal the ACA, calling it a “monstrosity” and promising to “work [his] tail off” to overturn it if elected. He also refuses to oppose the Trump-GOP led lawsuit to strike down the ACA in the courts, a lawsuit made possible by the GOP tax scam that James called a “massive Christmas present.” 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.
If James had his way, the law which protects 1.7 million Michiganders with pre-existing conditions would be overturned – and he has no plan to protect people with pre-existing conditions.
- Holland Sentinel: Letter: John James won’t protect Michiganders healthcare
- Michigan Advance: Report: 827K Michiganders would lose health coverage if ACA is overturned
- Michigan Advance: Michigan ranks 6th for adults stripped of health care during pandemic
- MLive: Michigan Democrats hit John James for anti-abortion comments
James supports Betsy DeVos’ anti-education agenda and is propped up by her family
James says DeVos is doing “very, very good” in her role as Secretary of Education, even as she’s pushing to reopen schools without a plan to safely do so, and pushes an anti-education agenda.
And the DeVos family and their top executives have rewarded James for his support by pumping more than $84,000 into his campaign and nearly $1 million into a super PAC set up by James’ shadow campaign manager, which has now raised over $2 million to prop up James’ campaign.
- Detroit News: DeVos family pumps $800,000 into super PAC focused on Senate race
- Michigan Advance: Betsy DeVos said her husband would halt ‘political contributions.’ He hasn’t.
- MLive: John James campaign accused of coordinating with ‘dark money’ group
- Michigan Radio: DeVos-funded PAC raises $800,000 to unseat Sen. Gary Peters
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.