President Donald Trump tweeted yesterday about Independent Congressman Justin Amash’s announcement that he would launch an exploratory committee to determine whether to seek the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
No, I think Amash would make a wonderful candidate, especially since he is way behind in his district and has no chance of maintaining his Congressional seat. He almost always votes for the Do Nothing Dems anyway. I like him even more than Jill Stein!
Amash, who votes in concert with President Trump 63.8 percent of the time, left the Republican Party last year after announcing his support for the impeachment of the President. He was the only non-Democrat to vote for any of the two articles of impeachment in the House. Republican Mitt Romney voted for one of the articles in the Senate.
As the President tweets, Amash’s chances of re-election to Congress as an independent were low. In making his presidential announcement, Amash also said he would not run for re-election to Congress. His seat in Michigan’s Third Congressional District is now expected to return to Republicans. President Trump won the district in 2016 by a margin of ten percent.
In mentioning 2016 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein in his tweet, the President alludes to the commonly held belief that Stein took votes away from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and cost her the election. Trump feels Amash will take votes from presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Many Twitter users agreed and reacted angrily to Amash’s announcement.
Amash took to Twitter to respond to the critics:
The visceral outrage of many partisans to giving Americans an additional choice on the ballot speaks volumes about the ugly, hyperpartisan nature of politics today. This is precisely the mindset that needs to be challenged and why this campaign is so critical.