Republican Defecting - Threat Or Opportunity For Trump? 🤔

Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call, Inc. file

Bill Clark / CQ-Roll Call, Inc. file

Amash goes rogue

House Rep Justin Amash represents Michigan’s conservative third district. He’s a self-described Libertarian Republican that Politico refers to as “one of the most conservative members of Congress.” His original Congressional win was endorsed by Libertarian Rand Paul. Amash has bucked his party before with his beliefs in “limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.”

Republican for impeachment?

On Saturday, Amash tweeted “contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment.” On Sunday, Utah Senator Mitt Romney said “I think it’s a courageous statement” while also saying “but I believe that to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don’t have the elements that are evidenced in this document.” Trump tweeted that Amash “is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!”


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Lawmaker, breaking with GOP, accuses Trump of obstruction, impeachable conduct

The Blaze: Justin Amash faces intense blowback after Trump impeachment claims — then Trump hits back

Outlets on the right focus on Amash’s past comments that were not in lockstep with his party. They emphasize that he’s “broke” from ranks enough to not be a serious litmus test for the Republican party on whether or not to consider impeachment proceedings against Trump.

LEANING LEFT:

Politico: Romney: GOP congressman's call for impeachment 'a courageous statement'

BuzzFeed: Justin Amash Is The First Congressional Republican To Say Trump Committed Impeachable Offenses

Outlets on the left focus on how Congressman Amash split from the right and emphasize that Republicans have begun “defecting” from Trump. Their implicit underlying assumption is that with some initial calls for impeachment coming from the right, Trump cannot avoid further hearings.


Where's the common ground?

Although Amash is the first mainstream Republican to call for impeachment, he has broken with his party in the past - making his current statements less than earth shattering. What is more telling is that Mitt Romney, seems to continue rejecting his party’s steadfast support for President Trump. Perhaps there is more common ground than meets the eye?

Rogue GOP member

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