GOP fundraiser surprises with Donald Trump Jr. visit to Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A surprise visit by Donald Trump Jr. trying to galvanize support in Utah. A GOP fundraiser was held and a special guest came in to rally their side of the election.

The event was to try and help Burgess Owens in his campaign against Representative Ben McAdams. Donald Trump Jr. has supported Owens before by social media.

Republicans think the 4th District’s McAdams could be extremely vulnerable this election cycle since he beat Mia Love by only 700 votes two years ago.

At the fundraiser, Trump Jr. shared his thoughts on the current political climate.

“We have simply ceded ground to a radical left that’s getting worse and worse every day and when I look at this Biden Sanders joint unity plan and I think of the radicals that would really be leading the Democrat party today. It’s very scary,” said Trump Jr.

Joe Biden’s campaign fired back. Biden surrogate for Utah Scott Howell sent ABC4 News the following statement:

“I appreciate DJTJR  mission to spew political rhetoric in the great state of Utah during our pioneer celebration. Unfortunately I don’t believe Brigham Young would approve of the comments made by Trump Jr.

I think the Y2K analytics poll showing the vice president behind by three points speaks for itself.
The V.P. continues to garner great support among all political parties and individuals who want stability and predictability in their commander in chief not what we have been receiving the last three and a half-years.

Taking personal pot-shots at the Vice President, negative campaigning, has never won over Utahns in the past nor will it work in the future.

What most Utah families are concerned about at this very moment of time, are their lives, livelihoods and how we can safely open up schools without endangering teachers or students.
Unfortunately there’s no thoughtful leadership from POTUS at this time.

With more than 4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States Utahns are looking for real leadership from Donald Trump. Utah families won’t forget Trump’s inability to lead our country during this pandemic and this fall they will have the opportunity to make a change and send Joe Biden to the White House.”

Trump Jr. also made note of the Pioneer Day Holiday for his dad President Donald Trump. The Trump campaign said it wanted to “commemorate Pioneer Day and highlight President Trump’s commitment to preserve the American freedoms valued by the Latter-day Saints community.” 

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