Believe it or not, there actually was on Republican in Congress – just one – who voiced that he thought President Donald Trump was guilty of impeachable offenses – before he was elected or inaugurated for that matter. His name is Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan and on the Fourth of July, he told the world he no longer wants to be a Republican.
Amash, a libertarian and a critic of President Trump, made the announcement in an op-ed for The Washington Post, in which he said he had once run as a Republican due to the GOP’s belief in limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.
“In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it,” he said in the op-ed. “The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.”
After observing politics for decades, there does not seem to be any evidence for the Republican claim of being for limited government, but it does sound good.
The parties somewhat, at this point, are more about being on teams as Amash somewhat indicates. That being the case, President Trump does not need someone on his team who does not support his agenda or who is vocal about thinking that he would betray the nation with crimes that would be impeachable in nature.
“Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is ‘quitting’ the Party,” Trump tweeted. “No Collusion, No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!”
It is up to the GOP in Michigan to replace this man. If he is or was behind in the polls, quitting tells more about his character than just about anything else he could have done.