Justin Amash Goes Rogue on Trump

Justin Amash Goes Rogue on Trump

Justin Amash Goes Rogue on Trump

As the saying goes: “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” On Saturday, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash proved himself to be one of those “friends” as he called for President Trump’s impeachment.

Moreover, he is the first and only member of the GOP to do so.

He declared his reasons on Twitter, starting with this:

Amash continued for another twelve tweets, discussing in detail how he came to his conclusions.

One fellow Michigan House member went into a Happy Dance. Rashida Tlaib asked Amash to “come find me… I’ve got an impeachment resolution you’re going to want to cosponsor.”

As I said above — with friends like these…

Justin Amash

Credit: Gage Skidmore @ flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0.

So why is Justin Amash going rogue on Trump and his fellow Republicans?

First of all, Amash considers himself to be the “only libertarian in Congress.” Moreover, in 2011 he supported Ron Paul for President, voted to cut military spending in 2015, and in 2018 was even the only member of the House to vote against a national suicide hotline. “It’s another good idea without a constitutional basis,” he explained.

So yeah, Justin Amash is a hard-boiled libertarian who actually walks the Constitutional walk. And if he believes that Trump has violated the Constitution, well, then we impeach.

But there’s more to Justin Amash’s call for impeachment than just the purity of government, in my opinion.

Our Marta, in fact, met Justin Amash at a GOP event some years ago, and here’s how she responded to Amash’s impeachment noise:

“Dammit, Justin. He’s a friend of mine and a great guy. Unfortunately, he’s adopted a scorched earth policy with regard to the GOP. He’s just become contrarian for the sake of being contrarian … “

Moreover, bad blood has existed between Amash and the White House for a while now, starting with the 2017 demise of Trump’s American Health Care Act, which would’ve been the replacement for Obamacare. Justin Amash was a member of the Freedom Caucus, who said that the act didn’t go far enough.

That angered Trump, who tweeted…

“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast.”

… whereupon WH social media director Dan Scavino — ever faithful to the President — called for someone to primary Justin Amash:

That led to the Office of Special Counsel admonishing Scavino that he violated the Hatch Act in tweeting that comment. Scavino then backed down.

That’s just one example of Amash’s disillusionment with Trump. He’s also broken with his colleagues in the Freedom Caucus over Trump’s emergency powers creating the travel ban and wall funding:

“From the time the President was elected, I was urging them to remain independent and to be willing to push back against the President where they thought he was wrong. They’ve decided to stick with the President time and again, even where they disagree with him privately.”

But now there’s talk of the Libertarian Party asking Justin Amash to leave the GOP and run for President in 2020. As party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark said:

“There’s a lot of people who consider Amash to be the best congressman from the perspective of a Libertarian. They think he’s the best congressman for our goals since Ron Paul.”

So what does Justin Amash say to that?

“It’s more on my radar now because everybody keeps asking about it.”

Of course he does. And if he runs, he’ll be a more reasonable candidate than some of the other, well, colorful Libertarians who have declared their candidacy. Like Adam Kokesh, who keeps getting arrested. Or computer guru and fugitive John McAfee, who also seems to endorse, ahem, “whale-fucking.”

Justin Amash is definitely the sane one in that crew. But even if Amash runs as the Libertarian candidate, you know the result: he’ll lose. Unfortunately, he may take conservative votes with him.

Amash may think of himself as a knight wielding a sword emblazoned with the Constitution. But with his call for impeachment of the President, he’s playing right into the hands of progressives.

Thanks a lot, Justin Amash. With friends like you …


Featured image: “Rogue Male Elephant” by Wycliffe Ndwiga.  Freely licensed work under “Free Cultural Works.”

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  • GWB says:

    So why is Justin Amash going rogue on Trump and his fellow Republicans?
    Well, I certainly couldn’t tell based on his tweet thread. It was just “Barr misrepresented” but absolutely nothing about what or how he had ‘misrepresented’. And no specifics on just what conduct was ‘impeachable’.
    (He makes some arguments about it not necessarily having to be a crime, which is weird given the “high crimes and misdemeanors” phrasing actually in the Constitution he reveres.)
    I actually found myself pondering if it wasn’t some sort of weird rope-a-dope, suckering the Democrats. ‘Cause it was that weird.

    3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
    4. Few members of Congress have read the report.

    Yes, absolutely. And what do either of those have to do with impeaching the President?
    (Oh, and it’s not partisanship that has eroded the checks and balances. It’s a Congress unwilling to take responsibility and zealously guard its power, while overstepping the federalism built into the Constitution and consolidating power at the national level.)

    “It’s another good idea without a constitutional basis,”
    I agree wholeheartedly with that (unless it was a VA hotline – but I’m guessing not).

    He’s just become contrarian
    Yeah, I can understand where he’s coming from. When everyone around you is being stupid, you often want to smash even their good ideas just to shut them down and force them into reconsidering everything.

    who said that the act didn’t go far enough
    I agree. And, one of my data points for how Trump is not a conservative. Did he offer an alternative, though?

    They’ve decided to stick with the President time and again, even where they disagree with him privately.
    Bullcarp. They openly defied him for the two years they had power in the House. Or the wall would already be built. The problem is they agree in areas where it will consolidate national power in Republican hands and disagree in areas where it threatens their GOPe power structure (like the CoC).

    “It’s more on my radar now because everybody keeps asking about it.”
    Of course it is. After all, Caesar refuses the crown twice before accepting it reluctantly. People asking you to take power is always seductive. (Of course, until we have some major defeat of the indoctrinational powers in America, no Libertarian (or libertarian) will ever have a chance to be President.)

    But with his call for impeachment of the President, he’s playing right into the hands of progressives.
    And the real question is “WHY?” Has someone promised him something? Does he actually have some sort of plan (and not your typical weak-a** libertarian ‘plan’)?

    And, if impeachment is such an appealing thing, why not impeach someone who actually deserves it? Like a federal judge or two in Hawaii? Maybe some folks on the DC Circuit Court? Did he bring a bill to unseat the anti-Americans from at least their committee assignments? If you’re going to wallow in pointless gestures of Constitutionalism, why not at least go where the arguments are solid?

    Shame, because we could use a lot more like him (and better) in Congress.

  • Mike Dysart says:

    Go to Sundance over at Conservative Treehouse. You will find the reason there.

  • Charles N. Steele says:

    Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to accompany the “goes rogue” headline with a picture of a mouse?

    • GWB says:

      No, man, only elephants go rogue.
      (And when they do, they might stomp their dwarf trainer to death and have to be shot. Especially if he’s wearing a tutu. The elephant, not the dwarf.)

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