A new poll shows support for Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is trailing behind challenger state Rep. Jim Lower after he pushed for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
According to a poll by Practical Political Consulting, Amash is down 16 points compared to Lower, with the results being 49-33. This loss of support may be caused by Amash’s criticism of Trump and calls for impeachment.
As IJR Red reported, Trump is reportedly considering formally backing Amash’s challenger and has reportedly discussed the possibility with Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), and RNC chair Ronna McDaniel.
While she didn’t confirm the report, McDaniel did weigh in:
“The only people still fixated on the Russia collusion hoax are political foes of President Trump hoping to defeat him in 2020 by any desperate means possible. Voters in Amash’s district strongly support this president and would rather their congressman work to support the president’s policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans.”
Amash has taken to Twitter to explain his opinion, claiming that he believes that the Mueller report proves the Trump committed impeachable offenses, as IJR Red reported.
Take a look:
Some of the president’s actions were inherently corrupt. Other actions were corrupt—and therefore impeachable—because the president took them to serve his own interests.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 23, 2019
“Some of the president’s actions were inherently corrupt,” Amash wrote on Twitter. “Other actions were corrupt—and therefore impeachable—because the president took them to serve his own interests.”
His criticism of the president is nothing new, yet many of his constituents have questioned why he is breaking from his party on the issue. As IJR Red reported, pro-Trump Michiganders are even organizing a rally to “Squash Amash” later this week.
The lawmaker also has chosen to leave the Freedom Caucus after the group that he helped start formally condemned his impeachment talk. Amash continues to face opposition from Republicans, and it is uncertain if he has enough support for his reelection.