WALKER, Mich. — Senior adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign Corey Lewandowski appeared at a "Support Our President" rally at the DeltaPlex Thursday night alongside Republican congressional candidate Joel Langlois.
The appearance came the same day as the announcement that President Donald Trump will be holding a rally in Battle Creek on Dec. 18. Lewandowski said Vice President Mike Pence will also attend that rally.
"Michigan is ground zero for us," Lewandowski said. "We know that this is gonna be priority for the Democrats because they overlooked it last time. They took it for granted. They’re not gonna make that same mistake again, so we know that we can be successful in Michigan."
Trump won Michigan by only 10,000 votes in 2016. During a visit to Holland on Wednesday, Pence said he would be returning to Michigan several times before the 2020 election.
Lewandowski called on supporters of the president to gear up for a tough fight against Democrats in 2020.
“So whatever you did in 2016 to help Donald Trump win, you need to do more because it’s not enough," Lewandowski said.
The rally came during a tough week for Trump, who clashed with world leaders at a NATO conference in London. Trump called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced" after a video in which Trudeau mocked the president surfaced.
“How about when he called out Trudeau the other day? Does that take balls to call out a guy on national television? I mean, come on," Lewandowski said.
While Lewandowski mentioned what he described as victories for the president, the majority of his 50-minute speech was spent criticizing the media, as well as Democrats and their impeachment inquiry.
On Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly asked House Democrats to proceed with articles of impeachment.
“I think the impeachment actually hurts the Democrats," Lewandowski said. "Too many Democrats are in districts who don’t want to have this impeachment go forward but the A.O.C.s of the world and the Rashida Tlaibs are driving the Democrats to the far progressive wing of their party and that’s hurting those moderates."
After his speech, Lewandowski took a few questions from audience members. One man, who described himself as a longtime friend of Langlois, asked if Lewandowski would endorse Langlois for Congress. Lewandowski said as a member of the Trump 2020 campaign, he could not make that call.