Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) which has been famous for his libertarian tilt, has now become a leading critic of the Trump administration.
According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, President Trump’s “constant fear-mongering” about terrorism is considered “irresponsible and dangerous” and top of that, he needs to “stop attacking the legitimacy of the judiciary.” He also picked an attorney general with “anti-liberty” positions on police seizure of property and surveillance.
These assessments come from a Republican House member, whose district backed Trump in the election, not from one of the president’s critics form the Democratic Party.
Rep. Justin Amash has emerged as a leading Republican critic of President Trump using an assertive presence on Twitter which he used to challenge and taunt the president. While most of the other House Republican critics have toned down their criticism, Amash who now has 100,000 twitter followers has remained a vocal critic.
Justin Amash has stated that his opposition is solely based on principle, as a libertarian concerned about government overreach as well as adherence to the Constitution. And although a number of other Republican lawmakers have similar beliefs, Amash has been especially outspoken on many other issues.
“To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Republican in the White House or a Democrat in the White House. I have a duty to defend liberty, defend the rule of law and protect the rights of all of my constituents,” said Mr. Amash.
The White House still hasn’t given an official respond to the questions asked by Amash on Twitter.
And although a large number of Trump voters are among his constituents, Amash has stated that he has no fear of speaking out. He was elected in 2010 as part of the tea party wave, and he won a re-election last year in his Grand Rapids-area district.
During the presidential primaries, Amash had his support around Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and then Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. After an audio was released of Mr. Trump making some comments about women, Amash called him to drop out of the presidential race, but he also said that he wouldn’t dare to vote for Hillary Clinton either.
“Lately, our leadership team seems to be going along with the president regardless of the situation,” Mr. Amash said. “It’s possible that over time the leadership team will recognize that things are getting out of hand and will try to restrain the president.”
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