Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was the only Republican in Congress who publicly said last year President Donald Trump needed to be impeached from office.
Now, the former Republican lawmaker turned Independent has signaled that he is considering a 2020 presidential bid against the president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Amash took to Twitter on Monday to criticize a claim Trump made in a press briefing.
“When somebody’s president of the United States, the authority is total, and that’s the way it’s gotta be,” Trump said.
“Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option,” Amash responded in a tweet.
A fan of the congressman replied, “Please be you.”
“Thanks. I’m looking at it closely this week,” he replied.
Americans who believe in limited government deserve another option. https://t.co/c7P2vOTyOe
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 13, 2020
Thanks. I’m looking at it closely this week.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 14, 2020
Amash wrote an op-ed last July and announced that he had left the Republican Party, called on other Republican lawmakers to follow him out the door, and officially became an Independent.
“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 the president 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.”
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.
Trump also wouldn’t be locked in another battle with Democrats over passing a Phase 4 coronavirus relief bill to provide more financial support to Americans.
Trump has had to fight tooth and nail to get Congress to agree on just about everything.
Amash also quit the conservative House Freedom Caucus.