GOPers are Thanking Justin Amash for Taking on Trump – But Only in Private

Newly Independent Congressman Justin Amash (I-MI) went on CNN’s State of the Union this morning: Justin Amash on what his GOP colleagues say behind closed doors, telling “CNN that high-level party officials have thanked him behind closed doors for his stance on impeachment proceedings against Trump.”

“I get people sending me text messages, people calling me, saying 'thank you for what you're doing,'” Amash told CNN's Jake Tapper in a wide-ranging interview on “State of the Union” Sunday. “They're not saying it publicly. And I think that's a problem for our country, it's a problem for the Republican Party, it's a problem for the Democratic Party when people aren't allowed to speak out.”

But of course the ever-courageous GOP leadership would never say this in public, lest it come to the ears of the Thin-Skinned Shitgibbon and he unleash the Wrath of Orange on them.

I completely disagree with Amash’s far right positions, but I will say I have to admit he is consistent, and that he has the courage to stand by them — including his refusal to bend the knee to His Lawlessness. His district agrees:

“When I go back to my district people are coming up to me and saying, 'Thank you for what you're doing,'” Amash said. “People want open, honest representation. They want people to come to Congress and work with integrity.”

He also told CNN that while he expects to win re-election in his district, he isn’t ruling out a bid for president, which could complicate Trump’s re-election plans, as the Washington Post reports: Amash doesn’t rule out 2020 bid, potentially complicating Trump’s path to reelection

Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), a conservative critic of President Trump who recently left the Republican Party, would not rule out a 2020 presidential bid on Sunday, potentially complicating Trump’s path to reelection.

The prospect of an Amash insurgency, which would face significant hurdles, has unnerved some GOP strategists because it could pull libertarian and conservative support away from Trump, who won the 2016 election with razor-thin margins in six states, including Michigan.

Since Trump’s 2016 victory came about in part because Jill Stein drew votes away from Hillary, it does seem poetic justice if the reverse happens to him in 2020.