Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash is the only Republican in Congress who has come out in support of impeaching President Donald Trump. After siding with Democrats and turning his back on Republicans, the RINO lawmaker has just called it quits.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, which coincidentally came on the Fourth of July, Amash announced that he is “leaving” the GOP and called on other Republican lawmakers to follow him out the door.
“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,” Amash wrote.
He added: “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.”
Amash does not actually mention Trump by name in the piece, but he implies on numerous occasions that Trump has ruined government, is to blame for partisan politics, and is on the verge of destroying our democracy.
Amash is basically blaming Trump for everything.
“In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions,” Amash wrote.
“The parties value winning for its own sake, and at whatever cost. Instead of acting as an independent branch of government and serving as a check on the executive branch, congressional leaders of both parties expect the House and Senate to act in obedience or opposition to the president and their colleagues on a partisan basis,” he added.
The Never-Trumper lawmaker went on to argue that Congress has become nothing more than a congressional body that takes orders from Trump.
“With little genuine debate on policy happening in Congress, party leaders distract and divide the public by exploiting wedge issues and waging pointless messaging wars,” he argued.
He added: “These strategies fuel mistrust and anger, leading millions of people to take to social media to express contempt for their political opponents, with the media magnifying the most extreme voices.”
Here’s more from the op-ed:
Modern politics is trapped in a partisan death spiral, but there is an escape.
Most Americans are not rigidly partisan and do not feel well represented by either of the two major parties. In fact, the parties have become more partisan in part because they are catering to fewer people, as Americans are rejecting party affiliation in record numbers.
Again, that is simply not true.
If all Congress did was take orders from Trump, the entire wall would be built on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Instead, Trump has had to fight tooth and nail to get Congress to agree on any sort of funding to secure the border and address the humanitarian and migrant crisis.
Beyond that, Politico’s Jake Sherman makes a good point that Amash quitting will have several “real life impacts.”
there are some real-life impacts to @justinamash leaving the GOP.
— he’ll probably be kicked out of the House Republican Conference.
— he’ll probably lose his spot on the oversight committee.
— most notably the @NRCC will probably look to back another Republican for this seat.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) July 4, 2019
Amash quitting the Republican Party comes less than a month after he also quit the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
The Michigan lawmaker has been under enormous pressure ever since he became the first, and only, Republican to publicly support impeaching Trump.
Amash went on an unhinged Twitter rant two months ago and claimed the Mueller report — which did not charge or recommend any charges against Trump — made the case for impeaching Trump because he allegedly obstructed justice.
The timing of Amash quitting does seem peculiar.
Back home, Amash is facing a primary challenger and is already down 16 points.
Given he could be out of Congress by the next term, maybe he’s trying to get ahead of his inevitable defeat.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2019