Grand Rapids, Mich. (NWN) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday backed a primary challenger on Michigan’s first U.S. Representative Peter Meijer, who was among 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him. For the deadly mob siege of the Capitol.
Trump endorsed John Gibbs, an official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during his administration. Trump named Gibbs as director of the Office of Personnel Management in 2020. But they were never confirmed due to questions about controversial tweets from 2016 that called the Democratic Party a party of “Islam” and “gender-bending” and defended an anti-Semitic Twitter user, on which platform had banned.
“John Gibbs is a brilliant genius who is loved by the state, our military and our veterinarians,” Trump said in a statement, calling Meijer “Rino.”
Gibbs, who is black, served on Trump’s 1776 commission aimed at promoting “patriotic education” in schools. His campaign website says he helped churches reach the homeless in Japan and worked as a software developer in Silicon Valley. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Gibbs is among four Republicans who have challenged Meijer for his seat in western Michigan. The state redistribution commission has yet to finalize Congressional districts.