Trump rally for Tim Michels in Waukesha: five takeaways

WAUKESHA — Former President Donald Trump sought to bolster his chosen candidate for governor of Wisconsin in the Republican suburb of Milwaukee at a rally on Friday, adding pressure to a contentious primary that will be decided on Tuesday.

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

Tim Michels was fired

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels speaks as former President Donald Trump held a campaign rally for Michels at the Waukesha County Fairgrounds in Waukesha on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Governor hopeful Tim Michels gave one of his most forceful speeches yet, buoyed by Trump’s late appearance. The construction manager, who entered the race late and climbed in the polls after Trump’s endorsement, hopes to capitalize on the momentum, particularly in the Milwaukee suburb of Kleefisch territory. Election integrity, Michels said, is his No. 1 priority.

“We’re going to stop the Zuckerbucks, foreign billionaires, from coming into our state and taking over our electoral process. That’s not going to happen again.” Michels was referring to grants to Wisconsin municipalities funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. The courts upheld the private grants, most of which went to major cities where Democratic voters are concentrated.

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