Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who quit the Republican Party last year and is now an Independent, launched an exploratory committee for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination less than a month ago.
Now, weeks later, his plan has already been scuttled.
According to Breitbart, Amash acknowledged on Saturday that he would not be moving forward with the long-shot presidential run.
The announcement from Amash that he would no longer be running for president came by way of a lengthy thread of tweets that explained his reasoning behind the consequential decision.
“I’ve spent nearly three weeks assessing the race, appearing in media, talking to delegates and donors, watching the Libertarian Party’s convention plan unfold, and gathering feedback from family, friends, and other advisers,” Amash wrote.
The congressman went on: “After much reflection, I’ve concluded that circumstances don’t lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate.”
Amash went on to reveal just how “difficult” that decision was, and expressed how truly “humbling and awesome” the brief experience had been for him in terms of the support he received for his nascent bid.
He further discussed his belief that some candidates, eventually, would break through the political domination of the two major national parties and decried the high level of polarization that has gripped the nation at this point in time.
Amash announced via Twitter on April 28 that he was launching an exploratory committee for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination.
He ended it on May 16, which was less than three weeks later.
Weeks after he announced he was running, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan says he's changed his mind and is no longer seeking the Libertarian nomination for president. https://t.co/BAhMoiOL9i
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 16, 2020
Beyond that, the Never-Trump lawmaker seems to have been thinking about making this move for quite some time.
Last month, Amash took to Twitter and teased that he is considering running against Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Last summer, Amash quit the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Around the same time, Amash wrote an op-ed announcing 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 basically blamed Trump for everything.
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.
Amash is nothing more than an establishment lawmaker who thought he could take on Trump and found out just how hard that was going to be.