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Meijer says his decision to impeach Trump is helping him run for U.S. Senate

Tim Mossholder

A former Michigan Congressman who voted to impeach Donald Trump says that decision is helping him among some in the GOP base in a new run for the U.S. Senate. Quinn Klinefelter has more.

One-term Congressman Peter Meijer was among the 10 House Republicans who voted to oust Donald Trump, and he lost a bid for re-election last year to a pro-Trump candidate.

Some question whether a moderate Republican like Meijer, who might do well in a general election, can win the G.O.P primary for Michigan’s soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat.

Meijer acknowledges national Republican officials are against him.

“I’ve also found a surprising amount of support from some unexpected corners because they say ‘Hey, the thing we loved about Donald Trump is that he’s not afraid to be a bull in a China shop. He’s somebody who says it like it is; he’s not afraid to ruffle some feathers. And hey, you’re kind of doing the same thing,“ said Meijer.

Still, Meijer has said he will support Trump if he is the GOP nominee.

The supermarket chain heir joins a Republican primary that includes former GOP Congressman Mike Rogers and ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Quinn Klinefelter is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, anchoring midday newscasts and preparing reports for WDET, NPR and the BBC.