It was about time…
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), the Never Trump congressman who has consistently backed impeachment of President Donald Trump, announced Thursday he is quitting the GOP.
“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” Amash wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday morning. “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”
His move follows months of criticism of not just the president but of his own colleagues. He shared his disdain via Twitter:
People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods:
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 20, 2019
The five-term Michigan representative listed the alleged failures of the Republican Party, Congress and the American political system as a whole. He wrote:
The Republican Party, I believed, stood for limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty — principles that had made the American Dream possible for my family. In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.
His surprise announcement comes barely 24-hours after it was revealed how far behind he was in his own district.
Amash is polling at just 17 percent in the GOP primary, trailing State Rep. Jim Lower by double digits.