BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN, August 24, 2021 ~ Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig has stated that he would accept an endorsement from former President Donald Trump in his potential run for governor, though he wants to be known as his own person, and not an extension of Trump.
“I’m James Craig, I’m my own person. I want people to know that,” Craig told 760 WJR’s Kevin Dietz. “But I’m not going to sit there and say I’m not going to accept his support.”
Craig made similar comments during a press conference in Birmingham on Monday.
August 24, 2021 ~ Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig talks with Kevin Dietz following his event yesterday.
Craig said he was asked by a reporter on Monday whether he believed Trump was responsible for inciting the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol.
“I’m not in a position to make that judgement,” Craig told Dietz. “Has there been an investigation that said definitively that it was Donald Trump’s words that caused the insurrection? No there hasn’t. But what I do know, there were some individuals, many who stormed the Capitol, they committed crimes, high crimes, and they need to and are being held accountable.”
“But I also reminded the same reporter that it doesn’t matter the ideology. I took the same position on those who burned cities across our country, who committed crimes … in fact so many haven’t been held accountable for their actions, and that’s tragic, and it’s hypocritical. A crime is a crime.”
James Craig is among nine Republicans who have formed committees to raise funds for a gubernatorial run next year. The winner of the August 2022 Primary Election will run against Governor Gretchen Whitmer in her reelection bid.