Michigan, and in fact the nation, is losing a Republican. Representative Justin Amash, one of the founders of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus (the natural evolution of the Tea Party caucus), announced in a Washington Post op-ed that he is leaving the party to become an independent. No, he’s not leaving Congress. If he runs again — or runs for President — it will just not be as a member of the GOP.
The decision was a long time coming. Amash has been known as a libertarian, as most of the Tea Party ostensibly was, but rather than jumping on the Trump train like the vast majority of Tea Partiers who were actually just racists who didn’t like Obama, Justin stuck to his principles.
Don’t get me wrong: I hate most of Justin Amash’s principles. He voted against the Equality Act, voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, voted against securing our elections against foreign attempts to interfere with them, and voted FOR the GOP tax scam that cost most Americans about four grand extra on their taxes this year.
But the sentiment behind his departure is admirable, at least:
Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us.”
Trump has already responded, of course.
Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is “quitting” the Party. No Collusion, No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2019
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Amash was the first Republican to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump, or in fact, to even admit that Trump had done anything to merit impeachment. It’s hard to imagine he didn’t face being completely ostracized by the party, who have seemingly all bought into Trump’s unique brand of racist, sexist, isolationist, white nationalist politics.
But what happens inside the GOP is almost irrelevant: It’s the perception to the American public that, once again, there’s been a defection from the Republican Party, and once again, it’s because someone no longer wanted to be associated with the “bad guys” in Washington, D.C. anymore.
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