Operation Grant is a group of military and religious leaders, small business owners, former assistant U.S. Attorneys, a farmer, a politico, and former elected officials, inspired by fellow Ohioan General Ulysses S. Grant in a mission of humility and determination.


Mark C. Arnold

U.S. Army brigadier general (retired) and a Green Beret in the U.S. Army Special Forces

“President Trump is playing with power he does not understand and giving power away that can be used aggressively against America.”

Michael Anne Johnson

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney

“Trump has undermined the rule of law, obstructed justice, and issued pardons and commutations to cronies who covered up his misdeeds.”

Chris Gagin

Former Chairman of Belmont County Republican Party

“Trump’s actions are an affront to our Constitution. He’s refused to confront foreign governments that meddled in U.S. elections and engaged in disinformation programs against the United States.”

Christopher Gibbs

Former Republican Party and Shelby County Board of Elections Chair

“The economic devastation we’re experiencing in rural Ohio has been accelerated by this
president’s trade policy.”

Rev. Dr. Wilton E. Blake

Doctor of Divinity, presiding elder (Ret.) at the Cincinnati District African Methodist Episcopal Church

“I’m proud of being part of the Republican party, but Trump does not come up to the standards I believe in because of my Judeo-Christian beliefs and background.”

Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

Professor of History at OSU and a frequent media commentator on national security affairs.

“Unlike Donald Trump, Joe Biden has spent a lifetime in principled service to his country.”

Tyler C. Fehrman

Political activist, consultant, and strategist

“We can do so much better – and we will.”

Phil Heimlich

Former Cincinnati City Council member and Hamilton County Commissioner.

“If Trump is re-elected, our country will soon resemble Putin’s Russia more than Lincoln’s vision of America.”

Charles “Rocky” Saxbe

Four-term in the Ohio State Representative, litigator, and legal expert on campaign finance and public ethics law.

“The Republican Party and its historic principals of economic conservatism, social justice, international leadership and respect for law abandoned by Donald Trump.”

Roger Synenberg

Former co-chair of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party and Chair of the
Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

“The actions of President Trump are tearing us apart. The time is now to put country before party.”

Our launch

Bill Kristol and John Weaver’s Op-Ed launched Operation Grant, quoting from Gen. Grant’s letter, “We are now in the midst of trying times when every one must be for or against his country, and show his colors too, by his every act.”

Their Op-Ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer was the official shot across the bow of Trumpism in the Buckeye State. It set in motion a movement for Ohio’s conservatives and Republicans, by bona fide Ohio conservatives and Republicans.