Last updated on July 8th, 2019
Amid the President’s impeachment calls that prevailed in the country a few months ago, Republican Rep. Justin Amash, who has been serving for the Michigan’s third congressional district since 2011, announced his departure from the party on Thursday. His decision to fight the “partisan death spiral” of modern politics independently came on July 4th, when the country was celebrating Independence Day.
In the wake of revelations made under the Mueller report, Justin Amash became the first sitting GOP congressional representative calling for an impeachment inquiry against President Trump. He argued that the two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.
Declaring his departure from the party, the libertarian congressional representative wrote, “Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party.”
He further added, “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.”
Presuming Trump to have committed an obstruction of justice, Justin Amash has continuously criticized him and called for his impeachment. However, the lawmaker’s plans had an adverse reaction, as his fellow members sidelined him for his conduct and impeachment calls.
Failing in his motive to launch an inquiry against the President, Amash left the House Freedom Caucus in June, of which he was a founding member. With his announcement of leaving the Republican Party on Thursday, it seems that Amash now plans to mount a third-party challenge to Trump, by becoming independent.
When asked about his future goals and his interest in running for the 2020 presidential elections, Amash said, “I haven’t ruled anything out.” He further added that if he runs, he would win for sure.
Trump’s supporters have criticized Amash for his callous strategies. Trump himself has called Amash a “loser” and has long been considering approving another Republican in his place.
Even though other lawmakers have mounted huge pressure on the Republican Rep., he remains steadfast in his views and wants to bring improvements in the government’s way of handling issues. He even called that the Grand Old Party is moving “towards a sense of victimization”.
Following his departure from the party on auspicious day, marking America’s independence, Justin Amash aims to bring in a limited form of government, which would provide both economic freedom and individual liberty throughout the country.