On Saturday, Politico reported that Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James was caught on tape assuring a group of Black community leaders that he disagreed with President Donald Trump on a number of issues.
“Plenty, plenty of issues,” said James, who is himself African-American. “Everything from cutting Great Lakes funding to ‘shithole countries’ to speaking ill of the dead. I mean, where do you want to start?” It is unclear what James meant by "speaking ill of the dead," but Trump has attacked a number of recently deceased politicians, from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Rep. John Dingell (D-MI).
“I haven’t gotten any money from Donald Trump. I haven't gotten any money from Betsy DeVos. I haven’t gotten any money — that’s political talking points," he added. "Very little of that is true."
After Alabama, Michigan is Republicans' best chance of a Senate pickup in 2020, although James, an Army veteran who also ran for Senate unsuccessfully in 2018, is still seen as an underdog against Democratic Sen. Gary Peters.