Former President Donald Trump used a wedding speech on Saturday to announce he plans to bury the hatchet and back one of his Republican enemies, Mike DeWine, who is running to retain his position as Ohio governor.
It marks a turning point for Trump, who called DeWine a “horrible, horrible guy” at a rally in the state in April.
And he previously refrained from offering any support as DeWine — one of the first senior Republicans to admit Joe Biden won the 2020 election and who has been criticized by others in the party for his robust pandemic lockdown measures — Trumpy- The rivals faced the party primary.
But on Saturday, in typically unconventional fashion, the former president used a wedding at his New Jersey golf club to announce that all was taken.
A Bedminster Golf Club attendee said his speech praised groom Max Miller, a former aide who is now running for an Ohio House seat.
“He told Max to let his governor know I will support him, and he demolished the Democratic nominee who was mayor and hated him when he visited Ohio,” the guest said.
“He said to Max let him know I will support him all the time.”
Former President Donald Trump appeared at the wedding of his former assistant Max Miller and Emily Moreno, who helped out at his Bedminster Golf Club, on Saturday night
Former Trump aide and Ohio House candidate Max Miller married at Trump’s Bedminster National Golf Club over the weekend
He gave no further clues for his reversal, but the decision comes after DeWine secured the party’s nomination in May.
He fended off three challengers who positioned themselves to his right and desperately courted Trump.
Though the former president avoided endorsing anyone, he made clear his disdain for the incumbent.
10 days before the primary, while scouting for Republican candidates in Ohio, he lodged with DeWine.
“No matter what happened, we had this horrible governor that you had. Terrible, terrible guy,” Trump said. “And he fought us.”
Trump had suggested he could support anyone challenging DeWine for the nomination after the Ohio governor recognized Biden as president-elect a week after the result was announced.
“Who will run for governor of the great state of Ohio? Will be hotly contested!’ he tweeted.
And after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, DeWine said it was time to move on.
“Joe Biden has been elected President of the United States and will be sworn in in two weeks,” he said.
However, DeWine now faces Nan Whaley. The Democratic Mayor of Dayton rose to national prominence after variously calling Trump a “cheater” and “a bully and a coward” following his summer 2019 state visit.
The wedding guest said the former president was in fine form on Saturday night, despite turning down invitations to dance.
He spoke for about 10 minutes, offering his thoughts on the Ohio race but also praising Miller, 33, who had married Emily Moreno, 28. She is the daughter and former campaign manager of Bernie Moreno, who left the GOP race for the Ohio Senate seat in February.
Miller and Moreno got engaged last year. Miller won the GOP primary for the Ohio 7th Circuit seat in May after joining the race to defeat Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R, for his vote to impeach Trump. Gonzalez later announced his retirement.
Miller, 33, married Emily Moreno, 28, the daughter and former campaign manager of Bernie Moreno, who retired from the GOP race for the Ohio Senate seat in February
Ric Grenell posted a photo with KellyAnne Conway from the Miller Moreno wedding
Grenell takes a selfie with bride Emily Moreno
Miller and Moreno both grew up in the Cleveland area, he in the affluent suburb of Shaker Heights and she in Westlake. Miller is an heir to prominent real estate company Forest City Enterprises and Moreno is the daughter of a luxury car dealer-turned Senate candidate who suspended his campaign in February after meeting Trump.
The couple met in 2015 while working on Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. They met briefly before splitting when Miller left to work on Trump’s campaign and Moreno left to work for Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc. They revived when Moreno left Johnson to work for a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm.
Since then, Moreno has created a dating app for Trump supporters and worked for her father’s Senate campaign, while appearing with Miller throughout his campaign.
The wedding was packed with right-wing political leaders, including former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell, former Trump adviser KellyAnne Conway, and even Trump himself.
Miller maintained close ties with the former president and received enthusiastic endorsement from Trump in his race.
Miller maintained close ties with the former president and received enthusiastic endorsement from Trump in his race
Moreno and Miller got engaged last year after his messy relationship with Stephanie Grisham came to an end
Miller previously dated Stephanie Grisham, former White House press secretary. Their relationship ended in 2020
Miller previously dated Stephanie Grisham, former White House press secretary. Their relationship ended in 2020 when Miller pushed Grisham against a wall and punched her after accusing him of cheating on her, sources told Politico. Grisham originally declined to comment on the allegations, and Miller denied the assault allegations.
In October 2021, Grisham, 46, wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post claiming the Trumps “don’t seem to care” when she told them her relationship with Miller had become “abusive.”
Miller then filed a defamation lawsuit against Grisham.
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