Justin Amash Fires Back After Trump Jr. Boosts Primary Challenger Against Trump-Critical Republican

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has been a bother to the Trump administration since he picked his country over his party and became critical of the president, even backing impeachment. The Michigan Republican is known for his staunch idealism, and while some GOP lawmakers have been critical of the president at times, none has gone as far as Amash.

Amash’s stance hasn’t been without consequences for him, as a new poll released by a Michigan firm shows the rabble-rouser down 16 points to his opponent. Trump has reportedly considered formally backing Amash’s opponent, but such an endorsement hasn’t come yet.

The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., took a jab at Amash after the poll was released, tweeting: “See you soon Justin … I hear Michigan is beautiful during primary season.”

But Amash’s comeback was brutal, writing: “If it’s what you say I love it, especially later in the summer.” That line is a reference to Trump Jr.’s response when a contact asked him if he would be interested in meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Amash first broke with the Trump administration after the release of the Mueller report. He wrote on Twitter that the Mueller report shows that the president deliberately obstructed justice.

“Some of the president’s actions were inherently corrupt,” the Michigan congressman declared on Twitter. “Other actions were corrupt — and therefore impeachable — because the president took them to serve his own interests.”

A few days later, during a string of tweets, he accused Attorney General William Barr of deliberately misrepresenting the report.

“Barr has so far successfully used his position to sell the president’s false narrative to the American people,” he added.

Amash was one of the most well-known members of the House Freedom Caucus — a group of Republicans known for causing legislative headaches by sticking to their ideas — but he left that group after his impeachment remarks.

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Phyllis Softa
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Come on, folks. even if you want your elected officials to swear allegiance to Trump, Justin’s response was a knock out. Please read the Mueller report—Jr was not charged with criminal conspiracy because they did not believe they could prove he was smart enough to know he was breaking the law. It is also worth noting that the Trump attacks on Mark Sanford resulted in a D winning the US Rep. seat in 2018. Trump attacks on Jeff Flake gave a Senate seat to the D’s for 6 years.

Phyllis Softa
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Justin Amash is a politician that America needs MORE OF. A politician that does not have one set of standards for the members of his party and another for members of the opposition party. Justin Amash has the same stance he would have if the POTUS was Obama or Clinton. NOT many in DC, or even IJR posters, can say that. We should ALL be looking for a Justin Amash to represent us. Our elected officials swear an oath to the Constitution, NOT to a person or political party.

Cherl
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Amash should officially change his party affiliation. Although it sounds like he won’t be around after the next election in Michigan

Bob
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I quit reading after the first sentence. I knew it was being written by a “never Trumper”.

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