Justin Amash Could Be a Huge Problem for Trump

He's rumored to be planning a run as a Libertarian
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2019 3:33 AM CDT
Updated May 21, 2019 7:31 AM CDT
GOP Turns on Amash After Impeachment Remark
In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 photo, US Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, speaks to the audience during a town hall meeting at the Full Blast Recreation Center in Battle Creek, Mich.   (Carly Geraci//Kalamazoo Gazette via AP, File)

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan isn't likely to win any popularity contests among his fellow Republicans after saying President Trump engaged in "impeachable conduct"—and he may struggle to win the GOP nomination in his district this year. State Rep. Jim Lower says he plans to challenge Amash in the state's 3rd Congressional District and will run as a "pro-Trump" candidate, the Detroit Free Press reports. Amash's tweets, in which he accuses Attorney General William Barr of deliberately misrepresenting the Mueller report, "show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents," Lower says. "He must be replaced and I am going to do it." Trump has slammed Amash as a "lightweight" and a "loser."

Lower says he was already planning a challenge to Amash, who has served in the House since 2010, but he decided to make the announcement early after seeing the tweets. Other Republicans are also distancing themselves from Amash but rumors are swirling on Capitol Hill that the lawmaker, who co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, might ditch the GOP to become the Libertarian Party's 2020 presidential candidate, the Hill reports. If he does run as a Libertarian, it could be a big problem for Trump, who won the state by a margin of just 0.23% in 2016. "I don’t think Trump can win Michigan if Amash is running," says Nicholas Sarwark, the chairman of the Libertarian National Committee. "They'd have to take it off the board." (More Justin Amash stories.)

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