In an event misleadingly billed as “the Michigan supports Trump rally,” former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will headline a Republican political rally in Grand Rapids next week to boost the election bid of a rather obscure wealthy businessman trying to unseat southwest Michigan Congressman Justin Amash.
Despite the promotions as a “support our president” event, President Trump will not attend and he has not made an endorsement in the 2020 campaign to oust Amash, who is the only congressional Republican to back impeachment of the president. Amash famously disavowed the GOP in July.
In an email invitation sent to Republicans on Monday, recipients were told: “Your presence will send Speaker Pelosi and the ‘swamp’ a message — stop playing games and work with President Trump on behalf of the Americana people.”
The announcement of the Dec. 5 event was sent by Scott Hagerstrom, who served as director of the Michigan campaign for Trump in 2016. But at the end of the email Hagerstrom cryptically reveals that the event offers free entry but it also serves as a Langlois fundraiser and that the campaign is seeking donations of up to $2,800 from attendees.
A first-time candidate, Langlois is running in a 3rd Congressional District field that includes several Republicans: Peter Meijer, Lynn Afendoulis and Tom Norton – all from the Grand Rapids area.
With Amash running as an independent, Democrats taking a shot in the Republican-based district are Hillary Scholten, Nick Colvin, Emily Rafi and Amanda Brunzell.
A Trump backer, Langlois owns real estate and manufacturing companies, including the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids where next week’s event will take place.