A mere two days after Republican Congressman Justin Amash broke with the Republican Party and claimed President Trump has committed “impeachable offenses,” a fellow Republican in his district announced that he would be running against him in his next election.
Michigan state representative Jim Lower said he would be launching a primary challenge against Amash, ABC News reports.
“Like a lot of people I was pretty angry by the tweets, but more immediately — right after that — I decided that the campaign that we’d been planning to announce in July, it would be a good idea to move that up in terms of the announcement and that’s what we’ve done,” Lower said Monday on a Michigan radio show. “Today, we’re announcing that I’m going to challenge Congressman Amash in the Republican primary this fall — or next fall, rather.”
Lower, who described himself as a “Pro-Trump, Pro-Life, Pro-Jobs, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Family Values Republican,” said he wants to “work with the president” and “with other Republicans both in the House and in the Senate and actually get things done” for his state and for the country.
“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,” Lower added via the Washington Examiner.
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He added that he has seen “tremendous amount of encouragement” to run from grassroots groups, voters, donors and other party officials, which he said was a result of Amash “not being effective at all.”
Lower asserted that Amash has not been “able to get anything done by isolating and marginalizing himself within the Republican caucus there in D.C. And then when you add the basically the ardent opposition to Trump and anything Trump wants to do, it’s just sort of the cherry on top of a body of work that shows that he’s been completely ineffective as our congressman.”
Lower teased his announcement on Saturday, hours after Amash’s tweets, writing on Twitter, “This cannot go unchallenged. I support Michigan values, I support Donald J. Trump, I support our party’s values and I will have a major announcement regarding Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District this week.”
Speaking of Amash, Lower continued: “He’s one of only four Republicans to vote against a balanced budget, one of only eight to vote against supplying Israel with aide, voted against cutting funding to Planned Parenthood. Pretty much the only Republican to vote against a resolution supporting ICE. Only Republican to vote for allowing illegal immigrants to vote in local elections. Bottom line is, he hasn’t been effective. At the end of the day, he’s got one bill signed into law and 10 years in Congress and it was to rename a post office.”
What Amash will do for 2020 is still uncertain as he can look to make amends with the Republican Party and President Trump, look to hold his seat against the new Republican primary challenge, or, as CNN reports, he could still be considering a third-party bid for the presidency.
Amash doubled down on his comments against the president, again taking to Twitter over the weekend: “America’s institutions depend on officials to uphold both the rules and spirit of our constitutional system even when to do so is personally inconvenient or yields a politically unfavorable outcome.”