Weekly Update: John James’ Donald Dilemma By The Numbers

John James’ flip flopping saga continues as his Senate bid has “gotten dicier” and faces “headwinds

Failed politician John James’ Donald Dilemma has gone from bad to worse. This week, new reports confirmed that James is “all for” Trump’s agenda, as he fundraised with the President’s son just days after getting caught distancing himself and trying to hide his “2,000%” support for Trump in a private meeting with African American community leaders.

Then, James tried to “have it both ways” again by refusing to tell the Associated Press whether he “still supports Trump ‘2000%’ – in one of his few interviews this year – and ducking questions from reporters on whether he agrees with Trump’s threat to cut federal funding to Michigan. James was also caught selectively displaying his support for Trump for different audiences by swapping out a photo of him and Trump for different video conference calls.

He ended the week by participating in Trump’s taxpayer-funded campaign-style event in Michigan, where he praised the President’s failed Coronavirus response – only to get called out by African American leaders in Detroit who expressed their disappointment in James doing “what is nothing more than a political photo-op with Trump.” 

While James’ support for Trump changes by the day and who’s in the room, his “2,000%” support for Trump’s agenda at Michigan’s expense is on full display as he’s still silent on the administration’s move to take away health care and on his threats to withhold funding from the state.

Read more on James’ Donald Dilemma:

AP: GOP rising star John James faces trouble at top of ticket

  • Asked in an interview if he still supports Trump “2000%,” James wouldn’t say.

Detroit Metro Times: Republican Senate hopeful John James is consistently inconsistent when it comes to Trump

  • If President Donald Trump and elusive Republican Senate hopeful John James had a relationship status, it would undoubtedly be “it’s complicated.” Or at least that’s what James’ recent statements, past actions, and even a recent Zoom background seem to suggest.

Detroit News: Trump Jr. says John James is ‘all for’ the president’s agenda

  • Donald Trump Jr. said during a virtual fundraiser for Republican candidate John James on Monday that he is “all for” his father’s agenda and would implement it if elected to the U.S. Senate. The statement contrasts with remarks by James, who says he’s willing to disagree with the president when he’s wrong on policy.
  • “This is the nonsense that we will be living the next six months, so I can assure everyone that John is all for the agenda. He understands it. He’s going to implement it, and he’s going to be an incredible United States senator,” Trump Jr. said.

Daily Beast: GOP Senate Candidate Chastises Trump and Then Fundraises With Don Jr.

  • Days after he sought to distance himself from some of President Donald Trump’s more outlandish statements, Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James is raising money with the help of the president’s eldest son.
  • Donald Trump Jr. will co-host a virtual fundraiser on Monday for James, a top Republican Senate recruit who hopes to flip a competitive seat in a state Trump narrowly carried in 2016. The fundraiser, which will take place over the teleconferencing platform Zoom, offers donors who give $1,000 the chance to pose questions to James and the younger Trump.
  • The event comes just days after James privately expressed disagreement with Trump on “plenty, plenty of issues,” according to a Politico report on his comments to a group of African American leaders.

POLITICO: The one Republican Senate candidate willing to call out Donald Trump

  • During a video conference with black community leaders last week, James was asked whether he disagreed with Trump on anything given the president’s support of his candidacy.
  • “Plenty, plenty of issues,” James responded. “Everything from cutting Great Lakes funding to ‘shithole countries’ to speaking ill of the dead,” apparently referring to Trump’s disparagement of the late Sen. John McCain. “I mean, where do you want to start?”

Check out more of James’ hiding by the numbers:

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. Since announcing he’d run again, just over six months after his last failed bid, James has been hiding from Michigan voters and refusing to answer questions from Michigan media.