For months, the leftist media and the Democrat Party have been keeping their fingers crossed that Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) would jump into the 2020 presidential race as a Libertarian candidate. The goal, of course, would be to take votes from President Trump, thereby gifting the presidency to his Democrat Party challenger.
One month ago, Roll Call wrote about Amash entering the 2020 presidential race as a third-party challenger to President Trump.
The Michigan Republican told his hometown paper that while he would not “rule out” a bid, he has not completely “thought through” his plans.
“There’s a lot of people who consider Amash to be the best congressman from the perspective of a Libertarian,” Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark told MLive. “They think he’s the best congressman for our goals since Ron Paul.
When asked about the possibility of a presidential run over the last several weeks, Amash has repeated his desire to see a candidate challenge the dominance of Democrats and Republicans in politics, which he has described as a “two-party duopoly.”
And when asked in January at a Libertarian convention to describe the ideal third-party presidential candidate, Amash referred to himself.
“It’s more on my radar now because everybody keeps asking about it,” Amash said in an interview with the Lions of Liberty podcast earlier this month. “I just think it’s important that we offer some alternative.”
On Friday, it looked like Rep. Justin Amash might be kickstarting his campaign for President in 2020, with a series of tweets explaining why he believed President Trump should be impeached.
President Trump responded to Amash with a couple of tweets. In his tweets, Trump called out the “never-Trump” lawmaker over his gross misrepresentation of the truth, calling him a “total lightweight” and “loser.”
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. If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, “composed” by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump,….
….he would see that it was nevertheless strong on NO COLLUSION and, ultimately, NO OBSTRUCTION…Anyway, how do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side? Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!
This weekend, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who has easily sailed through his elections without being challenged since 2010, just picked up a challenger for 2020.
The Detroit Free Press reports – State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Greenville, announced this morning that he would run for the 3rd Congressional District seat Amash has held since 2011 and would forgo a race for a third term in the state House.
Lower described himself as “pro-Trump” in making his announcement.
“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,” Lower said. “He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”
What do you think? If Justin Amash decides to run as a “Libertarian” presidential candidate in 2020, will he take away enough voters from President Trump to hand the election to Democrats? Will he have the courage to give up his “safe seat” that he’s held for almost ten years to a challenger? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.