Trump served as a keynote speaker at the Oakland County GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner, where he received the honor of the Republican Party’s ‘Man of the Decade’ despite facing allegations of sexual assault or the federal indictment in the classified document case.
In a statement to reporters, the Chair of the Lincoln Day Dinner this year and the former GOP state Representative, Ryan Berman, said, “Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is the keynote speaker, and he is the most infamous person on the planet right now.”
Trump delivered a remark at Oakland County and frequently criticized President Biden throughout his speech for his policies, including progress to electric vehicles in the state. He said Biden is a catastrophe for Michigan. The former president also criticized Michigan Governor and a co-chair of Biden’s reelection campaign, Gretchen Whitmer, for approving state funds for a foreign company.
In his address, Trump said, “No president has fought harder for Michigan than I have during my four years tenure as President.” He also said that the Biden government’s electric vehicle policy would decimate the state and that globalist vultures in Washington have viciously betrayed Michigan workers and families as nobody can believe.
Trump repeated false claims of election fraud and claimed that only he could stop the imminent World War III. He said,” If I become president in 2024 before I even arrive at the Oval Office, I will settle the war between Russia and Ukraine.”
The former president added, “We are a failing nation. A nation in decline. This is the final battle. With you at my side, we will demolish the Deep State. Drive out the globalists. We will cast out the Communists, Marxists, and fascists. We will defeat crooked Joe Biden. We will liberate America from these villains once and for all.”
Trump won Michigan in 2016 against Hillary Clinton but lost to President Biden in the 2020 election.
Though Michigan Republicans controlled all levels of state government from 2011 to 2019, they are helpless for the first time in 40 years.
Trump’s address in Oakland County is expected to make a difference as many Republican voters in the state reside in this county.
Trott, who represented Oakland County in the U.S. House from 2015-2019, said, “People who know Michigan electoral politics would say that it is pretty important that if Republicans are going to carry the state, they need to win Oakland County.”
Trott initially endorsed the former president in 2016 but later commented Trump is unfit to hold the office. He accused him of disrupting the Republican party in the state and said, “By Trump’s calculations, he needs to win Michigan again to be the president. But he has been very disruptive here. Trump largely is the reason why the Michigan Republican Party is dead.”
Trump’s popularity in Michigan and his support among Republicans in the Legislature has declined, with 25 lawmakers publicly backing second leading Republican Presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
In February, Karamo was appointed to lead the Republican party after she lost the midterms. The first move of the new leader was to change Michigan’s traditional process of allocating all presidential delegates based on a primary open to the public.
In the new plan (expected to help Trump), Michigan will award 16 out of the state’s 55 delegates based on the results of the February 27 primary. The remaining 39 delegates will be distributed 4 days later in a secret caucus meeting organized by the same party members who selected Karamo as a party leader.
Trump’s visit to Michigan marks his first appearance after his 2024 bid announcement. Michigan has been one of three states that helped the former president gain the White House in 2016 and Biden in 2020. The other two are Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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