Trump’s Tudor Dixon Shoutout Highlights Unsettled MI GOP Primary
Candidates Look Backward on 2020 Instead of Offering Plans To Address Everyday Challenges
On Saturday, former president Donald Trump snubbed most of the Michigan GOP primary field, including James Craig and Perry Johnson, who were in attendance, when he praised Tudor Dixon at a campaign event. Dixon is a right-wing online radio commentator running on an extreme agenda about overturning the 2020 election, who is unknown to almost all Michiganders unless they attended one of the anti-vaccine rallies she spoke at.
This latest stir-up shows the race is still completely up in the air, as insider-picked candidate Craig is struggling to consolidate support, and the self-funders Rinke and Johnson have failed to break out.
Johnson’s campaign bitterly attacked Dixon after the comments. Dixon “has a failing broke campaign,” said Johnson staffer and former Craig consultant John Yob.
Overall, the entire GOP primary field has been focused on relitigating 2020 instead of outlining plans for moving Michigan forward. The entire field has embraced far-right policies and questioned the integrity of the 2020 election, which was safe, secure, and audited numerous times. Meanwhile, Craig has failed to discuss any important issues in Michigan, and Johnson admitted that he’s “not interested in the same things” as Michiganders.
DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton said: “The rally over the weekend is the latest proof that the packed Republican field is spending their time looking backward and pushing extreme conspiracy theories about the 2020 election instead of talking about how they’d help Michigan families. That means the Michigan GOP primary for governor is a complete disaster for Republicans and has never been more wide open.”