Trump will have one less dissenter in the Republican Party after this week.
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) announced on Thursday he is leaving the Republican Party.
Problems with Trump
It became pretty clear that Amash’s time in the party was running out after the Mueller report was released.
While most Republicans celebrated that Mueller found no collusion, Amash was outraged. He came out several days after the report was published to say the report proved Trump should be impeached.
Needless to say, the President and dozens of GOP members went after him with a vengeance.
Democrats, however, latched onto the narrative and invited him to sign Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) impeachment papers. It was not long after that rumors started to fly that Amash was possibly setting the table for a presidential run.
What Will He Do Now?
The news of Amash leaving the Republican Party was not exactly bad news or unexpected. When he made his formal announcement, he tried to cash in on the Independence Day theme by tweeting, “Today, I’m declaring my independence.”
President Trump seemed as though he was waiting for the news, as he quickly responded. Trump called Amash “disloyal” and “a total loser” in his response.
Amash also went on a bit of a rant regarding the two-party system. This has led to even more speculation that he may mount a campaign against Trump as an independent.
There has been some speculation that Amash will end up splitting the conservative ticket and hurt Trump in a general election because he can clearly not win.
However, after his most recent antics, it is hard to imagine even tea party loyalists pulling the handle for this man in a presidential election.
Amash continues to contend that if he does decide to run, it will not be in the spoiler role. He stated that if he runs, it will be to win and nothing else.