Amash Calls Out Trump: Alas, He’s A Unicorn

It’s time to Break It Down!

Justin Amash, an attorney and U.S. Representative from Michigan’s 3rd District, played the role of ideological heretic Saturday, calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump. In doing so, he broke rank with contemporary GOP orthodoxy, which basically is, whatever Trump says…or tweets. Despite the avalanche of pushback and circling of the wagons by those in his Party who support Trump (pretty much everybody but him right now), and which I’m sure he anticipated, Representative Amash refused to temper his calls for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, in the face of the torrid onslaught.

Amash, a founding member of the conservative Freedom Caucus has more GOP/conservative bona fides than Donald Trump could ever hope to amass. He is a libertarian RepublicanPolitico described him as “one of the most conservative members of Congress.”

Still, there is a deep and wide gulf separating the two major political parties at this juncture in American History. Despite clear evidence of malfeasance, Trump has surrounded himself with folks who for the most part have demonstrated a boundless capacity to cosign, not only whatever Trump says, but also apparently whatever he may have done (or not) in the past (including his taxes). But that’s a topic for another post.

Amash tweeted Saturday:

“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meets the threshold for impeachment.”

He went on to say that the report:

“Identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence.”

He added: ‘President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct’

As you can imagine, Amash’s comments were met with fierce blowback from top Republicans, including Trump, who hit back at the Michigan congressman in a pair of tweets Sunday.

  • “Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy.”
  • “Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents [sic] hands!”

In an interview with the Fox News Channel, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), said Amash drummed up talk of impeachment because he is an attention seeker.

  • “You’ve got to understand Justin Amash. He’s been in Congress quite some time. I think he’s asked one question in all the committees that he’s been in. He votes more with Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me. It’s a question whether he’s even in our Republican conference as a whole.”

Unsurprisingly, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) broke with Republicans (OK, so there are two) in offering praise for Amash, branding his statements “courageous.” Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Romney said of Amash:

“I respect him. I think it’s a courageous statement.”

But even Romney refused to join Amash in calling for impeachment. Meanwhile, Amash’s remarks, be they courageous, those of a loser, or just the antics of an attention-seeker, did garner him a primary challenge from a Michigan state representative.

Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower (R) on Monday announced he would try to unseat Amash, moving up his announcement, spurred on by Amash’s comments. According to reporting by the Detroit Free Press, Lower said:

“Congressman Justin Amash 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. He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”

On Monday, Amash doubled down on his impeachment remarks. He argued that those who say Trump committed no crimes are relying on a number of falsehoods. He maintained that the Mueller Report shows an “underlying crime.” He says Trump was trying to obstruct. Trump, and Barr, and every other Trumpite emphasize Mueller’s conclusion that collusion was not proved. They are generally mute on the question of obstruction. Not at all surprising since, whether it was lying about participating in formulating the email response to the infamous Russia meeting at Trump Tower, or the payoffs to women, or firing Comey, or attempting to persuade various folks to shutdown the Mueller probe, or trying to get Sessions to un-recuse himself, or blocking the release of his taxes, stifling information seems to be part of this administration’s modus operandi.

Justin Amash has spoken. Don’t look for his GOP contemporaries to follow suit. They are not about that life. Go ahead and get comfortable with the notion…Amash Calls Out Trump: Alas, He’s A Unicorn!

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