Michigan Republican Senate candidate Sandy Pensler trashed President Donald Trump at a meet and greet with Republican Party activists in early 2018, as seen in a video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
In the video Pensler is seen describing a business deal with Trump that went bad, at Roadside B&G restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The GOP candidate questioned Trump’s wealth and claimed Trump tried to buy the Mets baseball team from him, but did not have the money. Pensler also criticized the way Trump speaks, saying he spoke at a “fourth grade level.”
The comments come as Trump is scheduled to visit Michigan on April 28, the same night as the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C., and could likely endorse a candidate in the Michigan Senate race.
“I can’t speak at fourth grade level like he can, I wish I could but I can’t,” Pensler is seen saying in the video.
“I’m going to tell you a story, since we are in a small setting and it’s already come out. Donald and I had a rough incident. I was selling the Mets — and he badly wanted to buy the Mets — they had just won the World Series, so this is quite a while ago,” Pensler said. “He called up and wanted all the material and we wanted a very fast sale, so we wanted a minimum of 100 million dollars liquid funds, teams sold for a lot less back then.”
“He says, ‘Well don’t you know who I am?’ and I said, ‘Yes Mr. Trump.’ ‘Well I have 100 million dollars,'” Pensler claimed Trump said. Pensler then told Trump that he needed a letter from a major bank. “Because I know who you are, I am sure this is an easy letter for you to get from a major financier,” Pensler said. The Republican Senate candidate then said Trump began calling him names.
Pensler said Trump called his boss at the time, Nick Brady, who went on to be secretary of the Treasury under both former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Trump allegedly complained about the phone call he had with Pensler.
Pensler claimed Trump called him a “little punk” on the phone and that afterward, Brady came up to him and said, “He (Trump) doesn’t have the cash, does he?”
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a Republican who publicly denounced then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election, wrongly turned in petition signatures Tuesday for Pensler along with his own. Candidates for both the Senate and governor’s seat must submit 15,000 signatures from Michigan voters in order to qualify for the ballot.
Pensler is running against combat veteran John James in the primary. James has amassed an impressive list of endorsements, including Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, American hero and former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill and the American Conservative Union. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: John Bolton Endorses Michigan Army Veteran For US Senate)
The Senate primary will take place on Aug. 7, 2018. The winner will take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in the Nov. 6 election.
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