U.S. president Donald Trump branded Republican Representative Justin Amash (R-Mi) as the “dumbest and most disloyal man in Congress” Amash is the only GOP member calling for Trump’s impeachment after the Mueller Report was made public. In being aware that his stance has hurt his chances of being nominated as Republican Congressional Representative for Michigan, in the 2020 Presidential Election, Rep. Amash did what was expected —announced his resignation from the Republican Party.
Trump of course rejoiced and made it clear that Rep. Amash’s seat as Republican representative is already up for grabs to those who want it, whilst further branding Amash as a “total loser.”
Now that his breakaway from GOP is official, Representative Amash has given the real reason why he was perceived as “disloyal° to the party, particularly to the Republican U.S. president.
Discorded GOP and Trump’s Demand for Personal Loyalty
According to Rep. Amash, discord among GOP members and Trump’s unwarranted demand for personal loyalty, made him him reach a final decsion to leave the party. Still, he reasons that he would have cut ties with the Republican Party, even if Trump is not the president.
Now an independent from Michigan, Amash said he held hopes that he could change things while serving as a member. Yet the disagreements have been ongoing for years, and had worsened in recent years under Donald Trump’s leadership, who fueled the discord and made it difficult for people to maintain independence in Congress.
In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” host, Jake Tapper, the 5-term legislator voiced his opinion, saying
“Over the years, I have seen people just falling in line behind leaders, including people in my own caucus.””So much so, it has gotten worse and worse …I think this term in Congress really broke it for me.”
In an op-ed he wrote, the Michigan lawmaker said the thing that bothered him the most about Trump, is that the latter expects every Republican to be loyal to him and not the Republican Party. He asserts that
“People are elected to Congress with an oath to defend and support the Constitution, and not an oath to defend and support and defend just one person, particularly the president, just because he happens to be a member of your own party.”