The president’s Michigan supporters aren’t just ignoring Rep. Justin Amash’s (R-Mich.) calls for impeachment — they’re making their opposition to his remarks loud and clear in his own district.
Speaking with IJR, Michigan Trump Republicans co-founder Diane Schindlbeck explained that the group has decided to hold a “Squash Amash” rally this month because they’ve “had enough” of Amash “attacking our president.”
She added that the organization feels like they “had to do something” after the congressman’s recent criticism of Trump.
“He’s entitled to his opinions […] He’s been fighting our president since day one. And we finally got to the point where we said ‘this is enough.’ It was the icing on the cake when he said ‘impeachment.’”
“He hasn’t let up since,” Schindlbeck added.
The organization’s co-founder said the goal of the upcoming rally is to make sure Amash “knows that he is not representing the voter base” of the district or state he represents in Congress. She also noted that there will be petitions at the rally for attendees to sign demanding Amash “step down” from his seat.
When asked if any of Amash’s primary challengers — such as state Rep. Jim Lower (R-Mich.) — would be in attendance, Schindlbeck said the Michigan Trump Republicans are “encourag[ing] them to attend” the event, but the group isn’t planning to formally throw their support behind “either of the two” challengers.
They’re expecting a big crowd in attendance, as Schindlbeck continued to say they “were originally hoping to get 30 to 50 people” to attend the event but now believe they “could end up with a really good turnout” with “the way the phones have been blowing up” since they issued their press release for the rally.
She added that the organization has “close to 200 people that are saying they want to show up” based on the numbers from their Eventbrite page.
Although he was confronted by two Trump supporters for his impeachment comments during a recent town hall, Amash also received a standing ovation for the same remarks at the event. Schindlbeck, however, still doesn’t think it will be tough for a primary challenger to unseat him.
“Not at all,” she said, of a primary fight. “Trump won Michigan. If he wanted to run again and win again, he should have taken a different position than what he has taken over the last couple of years.”
“So it’s going to be his loss and our gain,” she added.
The Michigan Trump Republicans co-founder also shared that she does not believe Trump will be impeached and that any efforts to do so would end up being “another circus just like the Russian collusion.”
“They’re just going to waste a lot of time and a lot of dollars on playing a little circus game,” said Schindlbeck. “It’s not going to happen. How can they even start that when he hasn’t even done anything wrong?”
“It’ll never stand,” she added.
The “Squash Amash” rally is scheduled to be held on June 14 in Grand Rapids, Michigan — part of his district that voted for Trump in 2016.
Amash’s office did not respond to IJR’s request for comment.
As IJR Red previously reported, Amash is the only Republican thus far who has called for impeachment. The move garnered criticism from members of his party, including those in the House Freedom Caucus he helped start, who condemned his comments but stopped short of removing him from their ranks.