President Donald Trump said Thursday that it is “great news” that Michigan Rep. Justin Amash is leaving the GOP.
“Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is ‘quitting’ the Party. No Collusion, No Obstruction!” Trump tweeted. “Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!”
Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is “quitting” the Party. No Collusion, No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2019
Amash announced on his own Twitter on the Fourth of July that he is “declaring” his “independence” from political parties and will no longer be a member of the Republican Party.
Today, I’m declaring my independence.https://t.co/4e5TeVtGRK
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 4, 2019
“Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving the GOP,” Amash wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post. “The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.”
He continued, “No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”
Amash started to splinter from the Republican Party last month when he became the only member of the GOP to call for Trump’s impeachment after the release of the Mueller report. (RELATED: GOP House Lawmaker: ‘Trump Has Engaged In Impeachable Conduct’)
He later resigned from the House Freedom Caucus, members of which vehemently disagree with Amash’s position on the Mueller report.