A group started by current and former Republicans opposed to President Donald Trump will kick off a statewide campaign against the president in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Called Operation Grant after former president, Union general and Ohio native Ulysses S. Grant, the group will tour the state speaking out against Trump. It is affiliated with the Lincoln Project, which has run ads in Ohio attacking Trump.
Former Hamilton County Commissioner and Cincinnati City Councilman Phil Heimlich is one of the leaders of Operation Grant. He told The Enquirer he’s still a Republican and defended himself against critics that he’s a RINO – Republican in Name Only.
“My response is, Trump is the RINO,” Heimlich said. “I’m the real Republican. Real Republicans stand up to brutal dictators. Real Republicans stand up to Vladimir Putin.”
Ohio Republican Party spokesman Evan Machan dismissed the event as organized by “former Republicans.”
“No one cares about these former Republicans,” Machan said. “Ohio stands firmly behind President Trump.”
Messages to the Trump campaign were not immediately returned on Monday.
The location of Tuesday’s event will be announced later. In addition to Heimlich, the speakers at Tuesday’s kickoff at 10 a.m. will be:
- Dennis Laich: A retired major general in the Army, author and director of