Republican nominee John James gave Michigan’s senior Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow a run for her money in 2018 in a closely-watched Senate race, but unfortunately fell short.
But James, a West Point grad and U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, is not someone who gives up easily. This time around he’s taking on Michigan’s other Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, and in a recent interview on Fox News, he tied both Peters and Joe Biden to the failures of the Democratic party to pass meaningful police reform legislation in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. Specifically, he called Peters out for rejecting Sen. Tim Scott’s bill, instead deciding to side with Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
James also weaved cancel culture and statue toppling into the discussion, noting that instead of tearing down statues to historical figures, voters should hold politicians accountable, politicians like Biden who James pointed out was responsible for the 1994 crime bill that many Black leaders believe is partially responsible for enabling some of the problems that exist today between law enforcement and the Black community:
“The fact of the matter is you have folks who are tearing down statues of dead guys and doing nothing to hold the people accountable for the reason we are in these situations,” James told “Fox & Friends.”
James said that Joe Biden has been in politics for over 40 years but no one is holding him accountable for a crime bill the former senator wrote in the 90s.
“Who is holding him accountable for writing the crime bill? Now all of a sudden he has figured out there is racism in the country? Give me a break,” James said.
James said that incumbent Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., “copied and pasted” the same call for police reform for years though turned down an opportunity when Republican Sen. Tim Scott sponsored a recent bill.
“When he has the chance to vote for police reform that may save my life and my son’s life, he votes party line, chooses Chuck Schumer, and doesn’t even allow Tim Scott’s bill to get to the floor. That’s a failure of leadership and I believe on that alone, Sen. Peters should be relieved of duty.”
Watch James’s Tuesday interview with Brian Kilmeade on “Fox and Friends” below:
While James did lose to Stabenow in 2018, his margin of loss was smaller than expected, signaling that both James and Republicans may be making inroads with more Republican voters and possibly even some disgruntled Democratic voters in Michigan.
This is definitely one of those races to watch going into November. Keep it on your radar.