Justin Amash Continues His Lonely Quest to Convince His Fellow Republicans Trump Should Be Impeached

Justin Amash Continues His Lonely Quest to Convince His Fellow Republicans Trump Should Be Impeached

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has been a lonely man in the House Republican caucus recently. And the Republican Party in general.

Amash, a libertarian, is the only high-profile Republican official who has come away from reading the Mueller report with the opinion that Donald Trump had committed impeachable offenses. Since then, he has been attacked by the leader of the House Republican caucus, earned a primary challenger for 2020, lost financial backing from the billionaire DeVos family (though the family claims it had decided to drop him before his latest apostasy), and been denounced by the Freedom Caucus, the hard-right group of House Republicans he helped found in 2015.

Oh, and the President of the United States denounced him as a “lightweight” and a “loser” on Twitter.

To his credit, Amash is not backing down. On Thursday he posted another Twitter thread carefully laying out some of the findings of the Mueller report showing how Trump obstructed justice and tried to hinder the Russia investigation:

You can read the entire thread here.

Amash’s political career in Congress may pay a price for his position. Because of that, other Republicans, never the bravest group under the best of circumstances, are highly unlikely to follow his lead.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.