Trump to headline fundraiser for ex-aide challenging House Republican

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Rep. Anthony Gonzalez

Former President Donald Trump will be stumping for one of his former White House aides who has launched a primary challenge to Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Oh.) over his vote to impeach the outgoing commander-in-chief.

An invitation to an event next Wednesday, obtained by Punchbowl News, revealed that the 45th president will be the headliner for the night’s festivities to benefit Max Miller’s Congressional bid.

Miller, 32, joined the Trump administration after serving on his 2016 presidential campaign. He joined the 2020 re-election effort as deputy campaign manager under Brad Parscale and Bill Stepien.

Following his announcement that he intended to run, the former commander-in-chief offered an immediate endorsement.

The invitation for the event, first obtained by Punchbowl News Wednesday morning, lists the president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., as the location.

It also lists the admission prices, as $5,800 per person or $11,600 per couple.

Below that is a quote from Trump’s endorsement, which reads, “Max Miller is a wonderful person who did a great job at the White House and will be a fantastic Congressman. He is a Marine veteran, a son of Ohio, and a true PATRIOT.”

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez was one of 10 Republicans who voted to convict Donald Trump over the Capitol riots
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“Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart,” he continued.

Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans to break ranks and vote to convict the then-outgoing president over the Capitol riot earlier this year.

After his vote, the Ohio lawmaker said that he expected to face primary challenges over the decision, but stood by it regardless.

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Reps for the former president, as well as Miller, did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the dinner.

Miller, a Trump loyalist, has argued in tweets since launching his Congressional bid late last month that “Northeast Ohioans…overwhelmingly voted for the America First agenda.”

The Senate votes to acquit former president Donald Trump over the Capitol riots
The Senate votes to acquit former president Donald Trump over the Capitol riots
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“But their Congressman betrayed them when he voted to impeach President Trump,” he continued, adding, “I won’t back down. and I’ll never betray them.”

Asked about the primary by Cleveland.com, Gonzalez said, “I don’t live my life in fear of primaries. I didn’t do it for the first two years, and I’m not going to do it for the next two years.”

The former president, for his part, has pledged to get involved in primaries if necessary to ensure candidates on the GOP side of the ballot would be adequately supportive of his polices and messaging.



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