FREELAND, MI — President Donald Trump lavished praise on Michigan U.S. Senate candidate John James during a Thursday rally, offering James his “total and complete endorsement.”
Michigan Democrats have criticized James, a Farmington Hills businessman making his second run for Senate, for his support for the president throughout the campaign. James spoke before Trump at the MBS International Airport in Freeland, lauding the president’s work to improve trade deals and hold China accountable.
Trump recognized James early on in his speech.
“Hello, John James. I see you, handsome guy,” Trump said. “Get out and vote for John.”
Trump said James, a Farmington Hills businessman and retired U.S. Army helicopter pilot, has an impressive resume. James ran for Senate in 2018 and though he lost, the experience turned him into one of the Republican Party’s star candidates in 2020.
The president said James met with him before launching his Senate campaign last year. While Trump recommended James take a less challenging path to Congress by pursuing a U.S. House seat, he said James felt he could do more in good in the U.S. Senate.
“It took a lot of guts,” Trump said. “John, I am with you. You have my total and complete endorsement. You have everything I can do, everything I can do we will do for you and I really believe you’re going to make it.”
The president also took a moment to criticize James’ opponent, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township. Peters is seeking a second six-year term this year.
“This guy Peters — Peters right? Who is this guy Peters? Nobody knows him. He doesn’t do anything,” Trump said.
The Peters campaign swiftly sent out a statement highlighting the senator’s record.
“No Democratic Senator has passed and enacted more laws during the Trump administration than U.S. Senator Gary Peters,” the campaign statement said. “From working to expand apprenticeship opportunities for our veterans, saving taxpayers millions, supporting our small businesses and protecting our food supply and agricultural communities — Gary Peters is effective, bipartisan, and gets things done for Michigan.”
The Michigan Democratic Party sent a billboard truck to the Freeland rally that said “Just like Trump, John James broke his promises to Michigan.”