Trump Considers Unusual Move to Back Amash Primary Challenger After Impeachment Comments: Report

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President Donald Trump and his top advisers are considering the unusual move of backing a primary challenger to Michigan Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) after the representative’s repeated calls for impeachment, Politico reported Wednesday.

According to the report, the president is considering squashing Amash by choosing to support one of his primary challengers, such as state Rep. Jim Lower (R-Mich.), in a move that could be seen as a line being drawn in the sand by the administration.

Amash is the only Republican thus far to call for the impeachment of the president.

The president has discussed the idea with his number two, Vice President Mike Pence, as well as one of his top allies in the House, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

Amash recently left the House Freedom Caucus, which he helped start with Meadows. McDaniel was a leader in the Michigan Republican circle prior to becoming the chairwoman for the national party and still holds influence in the state.

However, the move to punish Amash through a primary runs the risk of turning Amash into a political martyr for lawmakers who are not too enthralled with Trump or even putting him further into the national spotlight as a potential third-party contender for the presidency.

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Neither the White House, the office of the vice president, nor Meadows’ team responded to Politico for comment on the considered move. McDaniel — while unable to weigh in on primary challenges due to party policy — said voters in Amash’s district “strongly support this president and would rather” he fall behind Trump’s policies.

“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 not announced a run for the White House on a third-party ticket but did not rule it out either. While Trump has not made a final decision on whether or not he will back a primary challenge to the Michigan Republican, he has been determined to have his administration take a hard stance against Amash.

The plan’s consideration came as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ family — who are prominent in Michigan Republican politics — announced they had “no plans” to further fund Amash in his electoral ambitions.

Some Republicans in the state have taken issue with Amash’s calls for impeachment. For example, IJR Red had the opportunity to talk with Michigan Trump Republicans co-founder Diane Schindlbeck, whose organization will be holding a “Squash Amash” rally later this week.

Schindlbeck said the reason for holding the rally is because the group has “had enough” of Amash’s attacks on the president, they feel like they “had to do something” after the Michigan Republican’s calls for the impeachment.

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Otis
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Politics is fun isn’t it?

Screwtape
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Trump is big on two things: loyalty and payback. it’s absolutely NY.

Amash, has betrayed his Tea Party (remember them?) constituents AND the Republitards by supporting impeachment of the president. It’s time for him to go.

General Confusion
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This is exactly the same action taken by the DNC against progressives and incumbent challengers instead of backing the best candidate or supporting ones who support the people or the Constitution.

Party leaderships are confused by what is the right thing to do.

David
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Amash has been a consistent and solid conservative. Just look at his voting record. He is one of the best.

Hopefully, he will take some pills to mitigate his Trump Derangement Syndrome, drop the impeachment nonsense and get back to being a solid conservative congressman.

Wes Kruse
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Wes Kruse

Amash is also a muslim who stands to lose millions in Chinese investments. You were saying?

Judy
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Judy

Justin is NOT a Muslim! He is a Christian!

JoSo
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JoSo

Then he has to be an uniformed Christian relating to politics! Someone needs to educate him! Many people claim to be “Christians” nowadays! Reality to that matter is a totally different thing!!

JoSo
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JoSo

Good luck with that one! Although I don’t know much about Amash (I’m in the furthest southern state), I wouldn’t bet which way the wind is flowing even with my finger up in it, with this guy! Voting records kind of get annihilated when someone goes “never Trump” philosophy, out of nowhere! The sentiment behind this philosophy kind of denotes lack of common sense and judgement toward a President who was duly elected and accomplished (for We The People) more than any past presidents in his first two years. His sudden turn around, to me…denotes/suggest possible ownership/pressure, of/on the person,… Read more »

General Confusion
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TDS? Man, you are confused, David.

As much as I can’t agree with primarily ANYTHING coming out of the Freedom Caucus, I believe him when he says this country must come first before party, before just being a president who you support. This is what oversight looks like even if you don’t like it.

David
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Let me list the 10 potential “obstruction” actions. Tell me which one(s) he should be impeached for. 1. Trump tells Comey “I hope you can see your way to letting this go.” – Allegedly concerning Flynn. 2. Asking McGahn to stop Sessions from recusing himself – telling Comey and others to publicly announce that Trump had nothing to do with Russian election-interference 3. Firing Comey 4. Saying Mueller had conflicts and allegedly asking McGahn to “get rid of” Mueller 5. Asking Lewandowski to have Sessions publicly announce the investigation was “very unfair” to Trump 6. Asked his aides to not… Read more »

General Confusion
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Oversight is not confusing. Investigate the evidence for all of possible impeachable offenses and let the King take his chances. He seems to want to provoke things, anyway, so it’s all on him.

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