Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James fired back at criticism that he “mooched off his daddy” in a fiery tweet calling out his opponent and socialism.
The combat veteran, who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow for the Michigan seat, called out Abdul El-Sayed, a failed candidate in Michigan’s 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary, after he tweeted a sarcastic insult about James’ qualifications.
“My family never asked for free stuff, just a fair shot,” James tweeted, listing off his father’s military service and his own. “We can’t allow the American Dream to be crushed by you, @Stabenow & Socialism.”
I’m a West Point grad & Iraq vet w/ 2 masters
My dad: Vietnam vet & entrepreneur
His dad: mason
His dad: sharecropper
His dad: slave.
Mooching? My family never asked for free stuff, just a fair shot. We can’t allow the American Dream to be crushed by you, @Stabenow & Socialism https://t.co/u2vl4orM1P
— John James (@JohnJamesMI) October 9, 2018
El-Sayed was reacting to a tweet by Kimberly Guilfoyle promoting an upcoming rally for James in Pontiac.
Nothing describes @MIGOP better than a man who has done nothing of value but mooch off his daddy–who mooched off *his* daddy. No action, just words.
Oh, & @KidRock, a confederate flag wrapped has been.
G’luck John! https://t.co/TKtgreVb6P
— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) October 9, 2018
Guilfoyle, the former Fox News host who is dating the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., announced that they were “thrilled” to stump for the Senate candidate in the upcoming event which will also feature a performance by Kid Rock, who has endorsed James.
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) October 9, 2018
Although he won the GOP primary in August, James has trailed Stabenow 53 percent to 35 percent according to the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Detroit News-WDIV poll.
But the military veteran and Army Apache helicopter pilot has had the staunch support and campaigning efforts of President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and even Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
El-Sayed, a political activist who founded Southpaw Michigan, a political action committee created to help elect other progressive candidates in Michigan, finished second out of three Democratic candidates for governor. He was sponsored by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and 2017 Women’s March organizer and anti-Semite, Linda Sarsour.
James’ defense of his record and his family in the tweet on Tuesday inspired many supportive responses.
As an Iraq vet with the 3rd ID, I salute you and will pray for your success. Hooah!
— SSG Mc US Army Ret (@SSGMcGrunt) October 9, 2018
watch me move to Detroit so I can vote for him 😂
— Trump’s Hebrew Hammer (@TrumpHebrew) October 9, 2018
El-Sayed is butt hurt because even leftist liberal Democrats rejected him in the MI primaries. Like all Leftists, EL-Sayed has to resort to insults because their socialist ideology is rejected by the majority of voters.
So happy I left the Democrats years ago.
— MI Mitten ❤🇺🇸 (@InspireMittens) October 9, 2018
Isn’t it amazing how allegedly educated people like @AbdulElSayed reveal themselves to be intellectually disabled. John and his family have been successful and he can’t be happy for them, instead name calling, and trying to belittle. Sad!
— Jay Nicodemus (@JENicodemus) October 9, 2018
This Texan Navy veteran is praying for you sir!!🙏🙏🙏 we need more like you in our government….thank you for your service!
— 🇺🇸⚓jennysue62⚓🇺🇸 (@jennysue62) October 9, 2018
— Nikki Antone (@Hesantone) October 9, 2018
You can always tell when liberals have no ideas, they make it personal. Michigan will be a better state with you as Senator.
— MJ’s Lair (@mjrod) October 9, 2018
— Taxation is Theft 🤯 (@Gregory__Adams) October 9, 2018
— Judy Michigan Mom🇺🇸❌ (@JudyMichiganMom) October 9, 2018
Now this is what you call a classy reply to a classless attack. I’ll be praying for your election. #maga
— Norm – That-Guy (@WilNorm) October 9, 2018