CALUMET, Mich. (WJMN) – Donald Trump Jr. arrived in Calumet, Michigan on Thursday, just hours before his father takes the stage in Nashville, TN for a Presidential Debate against Democratic candidate, Vice President Joe Biden.
A line started to form around noon at the Houghton County Memorial Airport. Our crew at the event estimates roughly 400 people in attendance., the gates opened at 3:00 p.m.
The stop is part of a two day tour between Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Georgia.
U.S. Representative Jack Bergman took the podium first to deliver remarks. Bergman’s seat is being contested in the November election. He faces Democratic candidate, Dana Ferguson and Libertarian Ben Boren.
Donald Trump Jr. took the stage after Bergman’s remarks.
In response to the event, Bergman’s opponent, Dana Ferguson issued the following statement:
The rhetoric used by my opponent this evening while in Houghton County at Donald Trump Jr.’s event was disturbing. My opponent called everyone but his supporters a radical lunatic leftists. This a far cry from his so-called “positive message,” and is not indicative of unity.
Donald Trump Jr.’s mockery of LGBTQ+ individuals was profoundly insulting to many residents and I deeply condemn politicking on this type of division.
When someone speaks of uniting differences, you expect to hear certain words. When they say they’re working towards a future of which we can be proud, you expect to see certain actions. Our representative is supposed to be of and by the people. Calling half of his constituency “radical lunatics” is demagoguery.
The event did not follow CDC guidelines in a location where COVID-19 cases are at alarming rates. Our leaders should be doing the right thing, and that means following the guidelines set in place by health professionals to keep our communities safe.
We are still in the midst of a pandemic and I continue to remind residents to adhere to social distancing and wear masks. The rhetoric and tone of this event was extraordinarily disappointing, and potentially dangerous.
You can watch the full speech from Donald Trump Jr, below.