In a move that shocks no one, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash has quit the GOP. Amash announced his decision today in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
He writes that the party as he knew it growing up is in a partisan “death spiral” and it no longer stands for economic freedom and limited government.
My parents, both immigrants, were Republicans. I supported Republican candidates throughout my early adult life and then successfully ran for office as a Republican. The Republican Party, I believed, stood for limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty — principles that had made the American Dream possible for my family.
Citing George Washington’s opinions on political parties, Amash states America’s two party system is an “existential threat to American principles and institutions.”
Washington said of partisanship, in one of America’s most prescient addresses: “The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Amash continues, saying he’s becoming an Independent and urges others to follow in his footsteps to try to break the two party stranglehold on the country.
Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. 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.
For months, rumors have been circulating that Amash will challenge President Trump in the GOP primary and has been the lone Republican to back impeachment.
President Trump ripped Amash on Twitter, saying it was great news he was leaving the party and calling him one of the “dumbest and most disloyal men in Congress.”
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