Amash Faces Primary Challenger After Trump Impeachment Tweets

Less than 48 hours after Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) became the first Republican to call for President Trump’s impeachment, a pro-Trump Michigan state representative has stepped forward to challenge him in the 2020 primary election.

Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower announced his intention to run against Amash, Monday morning, calling himself a ” pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-Second Amendment, pro-family values Republican .”

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Amash claimed that President Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct,” and that few of his colleagues had read the full report. Amash claimed that the report showed “multiple examples” of Trump obstructing justice.

He also slammed Attorney General William Barr, claiming he intentionally misled the public about the Mueller report.

“Congressman Justin Amash’s 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 , according to the Detroit News. 

“Amash has not only failed to support President Trump as the president works to make the United States stronger and safer, he has now united with radical liberals like Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) to try and bring down our president. He must be replaced, and I am going to do it.”

Lower hinted on Saturday that an announcement was forthcoming.

Republicans have been united in condemning Amash in the wake of his Twitter rant against the president and attorney general.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Sunday dismissed Amash as a RINO who is just hungry for attention.

“This is exactly what he wants, he wants to have attention,” McCarthy said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures. “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.”

Said Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) Monday Morning on Fox: “Justin’s a friend but he’s wrong on this clearly, and the way he did this is all wrong, as well.” He went on to challenge Amash’s claim that few members of Congress have read the Mueller report.

“We’ve all read the report,” Biggs said. “We’ve compared notes. We’ve tried to interpret what we think are strong points or weak points. We’ve all read the report so I was kind of floored by Justin’s conclusion. I disagree with him wholeheartedly on this.”

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel accused Amash of parroting Democrat talking points, and pointed out that his district is strongly supportive of the president.

Even Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) expressed mild disagreement with Amash’s call for Trump’s impeachment.

“My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion then I have,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.

President Trump on Sunday called Amash a “total lightweight” and a “loser” who opposes him “to get his name out there.”

Amash was elected to represent Michigan’s Third District in the Tea Party wave election of 2010. He won re-election last fall by 11 percentage points, according to the Detroit News.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.