CLEVELAND, Ohio – Departing from his usual attack dog role, Rep. Jim Jordan recounted how President Donald Trump comforted the parents of his recently deceased nephew in a primetime Republican National Convention speech.
Jordan, an Urbana Republican, is mostly known as one of the president’s most ardent defenders on Capitol Hill, but broke his normal character in a pre-recorded speech by sharing the story of Trump providing solace for his brother-in-law, Todd Stickley, just days after his son, Eli, died in a car crash.
“It was a Saturday morning, three days after the accident,” Jordan said. “I was walking to the car, to go to Eli’s parents’ home, when the President called. We talked about a few issues. And then he asked how the family was doing. I said, ‘They’re doing OK, but it’s tough.’”
Eli Stickley was a standout wrestler at Graham High School and – like his uncle, Jordan, who wrestled at Ohio State University – wrestled at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin. He died as a result of a July 2018 car crash in Illinois while taking a road trip to Iowa with his girlfriend.
Jordan said he asked Trump if he might speak to Stickley’s father to “make a terrible day a little less terrible.”
‘I walked through the door, and said ‘Todd, the president wants to talk to you,’” Jordan said. “For the next five minutes, family and friends sat in complete silence, as the president of the United States took time to talk to a dad who was hurting. That’s the President I know. That’s the individual who’s made America great again and who knows America’s best days are in front of us.”