Livingston County remembers Rob Cortis as the longtime owner of the Barnstormer complex in Green Oak Township, where he shook things up by bringing such innovations as bear wrestling and bungee jumping to the site at the intersection of M-36 and U.S. 23.
The country now knows him as the man behind the “Trump Unity Bridge,” a modified trailer that he’s been pulling all over the country to drum up support for President-elect Donald Trump. Cortis drove the Trump Unity Bridge to several states during the primary season, and now he’s taking it to Washington, D.C., for Friday’s inauguration.
Cortis says he’s hoping to get into the official inauguration parade with his bridge, but that hasn’t been approved yet.
The former Barnstormer owner has been all over the national media this week, as he’s brought the Trump Unity Bridge to New York City. The New York Post did this story on him, and he was on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday morning, as well.
Cortis made plenty of headlines as the owner of the Barnstormer throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In addition to all the attractions he brought to the complex, he found himself entangled in a legal battle with Green Oak Township. The Barnstormer was shuttered by the township in 2012 after officials ruled it was unsafe. Cortis has been embroiled in a legal battle ever since, which has also included a fight over tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes.