Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Justin Amash, a threat to Trump 2020?

Amash's future in the GOP, and, by extension, Congress, diminishes by the day

By Peter Skurkiss May 28, 2019

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) made a news splash by being the only Republican in Congress to call for the impeachment of the president. This will not be the last we hear from him.

Amash says he's a libertarian as opposed to being a libertarian-leaning Republican. Contrast him to Rand Paul, who has principle and can still work with the president on a host of issues. Not Amash. He never supported President Trump, according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Why would Amash jeopardize his political career by being a Republican outlier in a district that went heavily for Trump in 2016? Amash says it is a matter of principle. Maybe, but there are also political calculations involved.

There's the matter of redistricting. Michigan has 14 House seats and will likely lose one when new district maps are drawn after the 2020 census. Most observers think Amash's district will be redawn to make it hard for him to win reelection. And Amash has already drawn a Trump-supporting primary challenger for 2020. Finally, Amash's donor base is drying up. .............To Read More

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