Amash has been a thorn in the side of President Trump since the day he took office. He is a “never Trumper” who has been blinded by his disdain for this president.
To be fair, Amash has been solid on fiscal issues and limited government issues — something the Republican Party could do a better job at.
However, he has been wrong on a number of issues.
He voted against funding Trump’s border wall, he opposed the president’s plan to defund sanctuary cities, and he accused the president of becoming entrenched in the swamp, coining the hashtag #Trumpstablishment.
How clever of him.
Amash wrote a self-aggrandizing op-ed in the Washington Post explaining his decision to leave the Republican Party.
Amash wrote: “Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”
He is correct about the last part. However, leaving the Republican Party for selfish reasons won’t help the cause.
President Trump responded the way that only he can. He tweeted: “Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is quitting the party. No Collusion,
No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!”
I especially agree with the president calling Michigan great, being that I am from the Great Lakes State.
I also am familiar with the 3rd Congressional District that Justin Amash represents in Congress. The district covers a large swath of West Michigan, including Grand Rapids, which is the state’s second largest city — and my hometown.
The seat has been in Republican hands for most of the past seven decades.
The seat was held by Gerald R. Ford for 25 years before he became vice president, and then president (after Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974).
President Trump is popular in his district … so popular, in fact, that he made Grand Rapids his last campaign stop on the eve of the presidential election in 2016. Crowds lined the streets of the city waiting to see the Republican nominee. They waited until he appeared to speak at 1 a.m.
That is the uphill battle Amash has ahead of him. He will no longer have the resources and infrastructure that the Kent County GOP threw behind him, putting him at a disadvantage against multiple Republican candidates who have announced their intention to run for the seat.
He does have hardcore loyalists that will assist him, but not nearly enough of them to win the seat.
He has made an enemy of the National GOP and President Trump, who will now throw money and infrastructure behind his opponent.
Amash is rumored to run for president on the Libertarian ticket. He has no chance of winning, but he could take away some votes from the president in the general election … That is likely his hope at least.
He hates this president so much that he is willing to sabotage his campaign.