Justin Amash, where do I begin? This pandering flip flopper is a Democrat, Republican, Independent and a Libertarian. Why? Because he’s a child seeking the greatest attention from hot topics and current events.
A search for him on Facebook came up with the results that are the featured image of this post. See anyone familiar? He’s a pawn. He’s a fake. He’s a poodle in sheep’s clothing. He’s a pathetic disgrace.
Criticism of Donald Trump
In 2016, Amash made headlines by joining the list of Republicans who opposed the GOP nominee for President, Donald Trump. After Trump was elected president, the Huffington Post profiled him in an article with the following title, “The One House Republican Who Can’t Stop Criticizing Donald Trump”. Amash said, “I’m not here to represent a particular political party; I’m here to represent all of my constituents and to follow the Constitution.”
After Representative John Lewis (D-GA) said that Trump was not a “legitimate president,” Trump sent out a series of tweets on January 14, 2017, criticizing Lewis. Amash responded to Trump’s tweets with one of his own: “Dude, just stop.” Amash later explained, “The reason I did it is he wouldn’t stop … The way he feels so slighted about everything I think is not healthy for our country.” Amash felt that Lewis’s comments were “inappropriate” but said that Trump’s response should have been “dignified and conciliatory to the extent possible” instead of “personal jabs, attacking his district”.
In April 2017, Dan Scavino, a senior White House aide, called for Amash to be defeated in a Republican primary challenge. Amash later called Trump a “childish bully”, saying that his attacks would be “constructive in the fifth grade. It may allow a child to get his way, but that’s not how our government works.”
In May 2017, Trump was accused of pressuring fired FBI director James Comey to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Amash was reported as the first Republican congressman to publicly state that the allegations, if proven true, merited impeachment. This report was contested by the office of Representative Carlos Curbelo, who claimed that he was the first to say that.
In June 2018, the Huffington Post asked House Republicans, “If the president pardoned himself, would they support impeachment?” Amash was the only Republican who said “definitively he would support impeachment”. In July 2018, Amash strongly criticized Trump’s press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin. He tweeted, “The impression it left on me, a strong supporter of the meeting, is that ‘something is not right here.’ The president went out of his way to appear subordinate. He spoke more like the head of a vassal state.”
When Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee on February 27, 2019, Amash asked him, “What is the truth President Trump is most afraid of people knowing?” Democrat Krystal Ball wrote, “Amash showed how someone actually can exercise oversight responsibility and try to get to the truth, even if the truth might not be in his party’s short-term best interest.” CNN editor Chris Cillizza wrote, “The Michigan Republican did something on Wednesday that almost none of his GOP colleagues seemed willing to even try: Ask Cohen questions about his relationship with Trump that might actually shed some new light on not only their relationship but on the President of the United States.”
Comments on the Mueller Report
In May 2019, Amash said that Trump “has engaged in impeachable conduct” based on the obstruction of justice findings of the Mueller Report, which, Amash said, “few members of Congress have read”. Amash also said that Attorney General William Barr “deliberately misrepresented” the report’s findings and that partisanship was making it hard to maintain checks and balances in the American political system. Amash was the first Republican member of Congress to call for Trump’s impeachment. In response, Trump called Amash a “loser”, accused him of “getting his name out there through controversy”, and stated that the Mueller report had concluded that there was no obstruction of justice. Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, accused Amash of “parroting the Democrats’ talking points on Russia.” She did not explicitly express support for a primary challenge against Amash, but tweeted, “voters in Amash’s district strongly support this president.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, claimed that Amash “votes more with Nancy Pelosi than he ever does with me”; PolitiFact evaluated this as false. Republican Senator Mitt Romney described Amash’s statement as “courageous”, though he disagreed with Amash’s conclusions. The New York Times reported that while many Republicans supported Trump in public, they criticized his actions in private. Amash received a standing ovation from the majority of his constituents who attended a town hall meeting shortly after Amash’s comments on impeachment. He told the crowd that Trump was setting a bad example for the nation’s children.
Two days after Amash’s comments, state representative James Lower announced that he will challenge Amash in the 2020 Republican primary, saying he wanted to “make sure people in the community knew there was a pro-Trump conservative ready to take him on.” Another challenger in the Republican primary is Army National Guard member Thomas Norton, who announced his candidacy in April. It was reported in August 2019 that there were five Republicans seeking the nomination to oppose Amash.
Republican Party departure
On July 4, 2019, Amash announced in a Washington Post op-ed that he was “declaring his independence” from partisan politics and leaving the Republican Party to become an independent. Citing his extensive differences with both political parties, Amash wrote he felt partisan politics had become so overpowering that Congress no longer functioned as an independent legislative body: “We are fast approaching the point where Congress exists as little more than a formality to legitimize outcomes dictated by the president, the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader.” He did not say whether he would continue to caucus with the Republicans. An aide said he would run for reelection in 2020 as an independent. Amash has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for President of the United States in the 2020 election, either as an Independent or as a member of the Libertarian Party.
Amash is the only independent in the House of Representatives. He is the first independent in the House since Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who left the House in 2007 after being elected to the Senate. Amash is one of three independents in the United States Congress, along with Sanders and Maine Senator Angus King.
On October 31, 2019, Amash was the only non-Democrat in the House to vote in favor of an impeachment inquiry into the activities of President Trump. On December 18, 2019, he was the only non-Democrat to vote in favor of either of the two articles of impeachment. When Mitt Romney was the only Republican senator who voted to convict Trump, Amash tweeted, “Thank you, @SenatorRomney, for upholding your oath to support and defend the Constitution. You will never regret putting your faith in God and doing right according to the law and your conscience.”