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Trump meeting for Tim Michels in Waukesha: Five takeaways

Written by Javed Iqbal

WAUKESHA – Former President Donald Trump appeared to bolster his pick for Wisconsin governor in Milwaukee’s Republican suburbs during a rally Friday, increasing pressure on a contested primaries it will be decided on Tuesday.

Here are five takeaways from the convention held at the Waukesha County Fairgrounds:

Tim Michels was fired

Republican candidate for governor Tim Michels speaks as former President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally for Michels at the Waukesha County Fairgrounds in Waukesha, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

Gubernatorial hopeful Tim Michels gave one of his most energetic speeches to date, bolstered by Trump’s late-stage performance. The construction manager who came late in the race and shot up in the opinion polls hoping after Trump’s endorsement to capitalize on momentum, especially in the Milwaukee suburbs on Kleefisch’s home ground. Election integrity, Michels said, is his No. 1 priority.

“We want to stop Zuckerbucks, out of state billionaires coming into our state and taking control of our election process. It won’t happen anymore.” Michels was referring to grants to Wisconsin municipalities funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. Courts have upheld the private grants, most of which went to major cities where Democratic voters are concentrated.

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