Following his weekend tweet claiming that President Donald Trump had committed impeachable offenses, a Michigan state Republican announced that he would challenge Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) in the 2020 primary race, according to the Detroit Free Press.
On Saturday, Amash published a flurry of tweets about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference, claiming that Trump had engaged in “impeachable conduct” and that Attorney General William Barr “deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.”
Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 18, 2019
The Monday after Amash’s comments hit the Twittersphere, self-described “pro-Trump” Republican state Rep. Jim Lower (R-Mich.) announced that he would be challenging the congressman in the primary race for his seat.
“Congressman Justin Amash’s tweets yesterday calling for President Trump’s impeachment show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents.”
“He must be replaced and I am going to do it,” declared Lower.
The Michigan state Republican said that he had prior plans to announce his challenge to Amash around July 4 but moved up his announcement after the congressman’s tweets.
Amash, although a tight conservative, has taken shots at Trump before and has not been afraid to break from his party on some issues, such as when he fought against the Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
As IJR News previously reported, the president fired back at Amash on Twitter for his comments, lambasting the Michigan Republican as “a total lightweight” whose opposition to him “and some of our great Republican ideas and policies” was based on “getting his name out there through controversy.”
The president also slammed him as “a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents’ hands.”
….he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION…Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
IJR Red noted that Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) — another Republican lawmaker not afraid to be at odds with Trump — commended Amash for his “courageous statement” on Sunday but said that he did not view the president’s actions as meriting impeachment.