As you all know, Justin Amash attacked both AG Barr and President Trump this weekend, even saying that Trump’s actions constitute an impeachable offense.
Well today, a state representative from Michigan announced a 2020 primary challenge for Amash:
FOX NEWS – Less than 48 hours after GOP Rep. Justin Amash declared that President Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct,” a fellow Republican has vowed to challenge him in the upcoming primary election.
Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower made his intentions known Monday morning, announcing that instead of seeking a third term in the state legislature, he will run against Amash for their party’s nomination for the 2020 election. Amash has served as the representative for Michigan’s Third District since 2011.
“Congressman Justin Amash tweets yesterday calling for President Trump’s impeachment show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents,” Lower said, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Fox News has reached out to both Lower and Amash’s offices for comment.
Now just to be clear, Rep. Lower was already planning to challenge Amash for his seat in 2020.
But Amash coming out in favor of impeaching Trump made Lower decide to go ahead and declare his candidacy:
Lower, who described himself as “pro-Trump,” said he was already planning to challenge Amash, and was originally going to declare his candidacy on July 4. Amash’s tweets against the president on Saturday inspired Lower to make the announcement sooner, he said. Lower accused Amash of siding with left-wing Democrats against Trump.
“Amash has not only failed to support President Trump as the President works to make the United States stronger and safer, he has now united with radical liberals like Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib to try and bring down our President,” he said, as reported by WWMT. “He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”
Actually it’s pretty smart of Lower to go ahead and announce his candidacy.
If he hadn’t seized on this huge opening that Amash just gave him, he’d look like a fool for letting such an opportunity pass him by.
I suspect Amash has done great damage to his chances for reelection and there are no doubt many in his district quite disappointed in him. GOP Chariwoman Ronna McDaniel points out that Amash’s district strongly supports Trump.
Voters in Amash’s district strongly support this President, and would rather their Congressman work to support the President’s policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 19, 2019
It wouldn’t surprise me if there ends up being a long line of candidates in Amash’s district trying to take him out, as it looks like the chances of Amash losing are pretty good now.