Never Trumper shill Justin Amash has long been critical of President Trump. Amash infamously called for President Trump to be impeached after supposedly finding ample evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the bombshell (dud) Mueller Report.
Justin’s theatrics on the matter didn’t sit well with his very pro-Trump constituents. Justin Amash held a town hall in his home district in May during which he was torched and scorched by one of his former supporters.
The pressure of pretending to be a Republican while siding with the extreme Left wing of the Democrat party seems to have gotten to Amash. The Vichy Republican announced via a rather self-aggrandizing op ed in the ultra-Left Washington Post. The link is archived so you don’t have to worry about giving WaPo any clicks.
True to Washington’s fears, Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law. The result has been the consolidation of political power and the near disintegration of representative democracy.
These are consequences of a mind-set among the political class that loyalty to party is more important than serving the American people or protecting our governing institutions. 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.
In this hyperpartisan environment, congressional leaders use every tool to compel party members to stick with the team, dangling chairmanships, committee assignments, bill sponsorships, endorsements and campaign resources. As donors recognize the growing power of party leaders, they supply these officials with ever-increasing funds, which, in turn, further tightens their grip on power.
Amash closes his holier-than-thou lecture by declaring his “independence” from the Republican party.
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.
Justin Amash declares “independence.” On the 4th of July.
Just a little on the nose, don’t you think?
Naturally, we’re all left to assume that Justin Amash is leaving the Republican party because of legitimate grievances over how the Trump wing of the party is governing this country.
Amash’s newfound “independence” couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that he’s almost 20 points underwater in his home district.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), the Michigan Never Trump GOP congressman who recently publicly backed impeachment of President Donald Trump, is now underwater in his own district according to a poll obtained exclusively by Breitbart News.
Justin Amash is also in the process of getting tanked and spanked by primary challenger Jim Lower.
Amash is polling at just 17 percent in the GOP primary, trailing State Rep. Jim Lower by double digits. Lower, who announced his candidacy as Amash revealed his support for impeaching Trump, is at 27 percent–a 10-point lead over Amash. What’s more, another Amash challenger, State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, is tied with the congressman for 17 percent–meaning one challenger to the incumbent representative is beating him by double digits and a second is already tied with him.
None of that has any bearing on Justin Amash’s decision to rage quit the Republican Party, of course. He’s a deeply principled, true conservative who ran as a TEA Party candidate back in 2012. Why, Justin Amash is as conservative as Joe Scarborough, Bill Kristol, and the entire staff of National Review Online!
Which is, of course, exactly why Justin Amash needs to resist the most conservative president since Ronald Reagan.