A Republican candidate for Senate says he supports Donald Trump — but he readily admits that he does not always agree with what the president says or does.
According to The Hill, Michigan Senate hopeful John James is “bucking a common trend among Republican[s]” by supporting Trump while not supporting all of his policies.
“Plenty of issues”
As a Republican, the road ahead will be a challenging one for James. Black Republicans face an uphill battle in American politics these days — and Michigan, with its Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, is a historically blue state.
President Trump, for his part, has already come out to support James, but the move by the Michigan Senate hopeful to say he openly disagrees with Trump on several issues could be construed as a betrayal.
According to The Hill, James was asked in a recent video conference if he had blanket support for Trump or if the president had done some things that he did not like or that he did not agree with.
“Plenty, plenty of issues. Everything from cutting Great Lakes funding to ‘shithole countries’ to speaking ill of the dead,” James replied, according to Politico. The “dead” comment is believed to be a reference to the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
It’s not about Trump
James has also taken a rather interesting stance to further deflect attention away from the fact that he is a black Republican running in a traditionally blue state.
“This race isn’t about President Trump,” he said in September, according to The Hill. “This race is about people in the state of Michigan who’ve been failed by their leaders for generations.”
He went on: “This race is about people who are hurting in this state, and I’m going to make this race about Michigan.”
This is a point we have heard made by other black conservatives, including Candace Owens: what do liberals have to lose by putting a conservative in office after so many years of frustration from Democrats?
While James may not have earned himself any points with Trump during this interview, it shows that James is looking at the big picture, rather than simply focusing on one area to win this race. Frankly, nobody should be offering blanket support to any candidate, and James’ outlook is both refreshing and brave.
He is a man who is running to represent the voters of his state, which is exactly what he should be doing. Everything else is secondary.