Rep. Justin Amash, the only one Republican in Congress to support the impeachment of Donald Trump, announced Thursday he is quitting the GOP.
In a Washington Post opinion piece, Amash explained that by leaving the Republican Party he was declaring his independence. Amash also pointed to George Washington's farewell address, in which the first U.S. President warned the people about the dangers of partisanship. The representative from Michigan would stay determined to fight the "partisan death spiral" of the contemporary American politics, confirmed he.
In his view, the U.S. Congress no longer served the functions envisioned by the nation's founding fathers. Instead, it only existed to legitimize the decisions of the President, the speaker of the House, and the Senate majority leader, Amash asserted.
Although Amash did not mention Trump by name, it became clear that his decision to leave the party comes after weeks of increasing criticism not just of the President but of his GOP colleagues in the Congress who failed to hold Trump accountable for the Robert Mueller's report findings.
A son of immigrants from Palestine and Syria, Amash, now 39, was first elected to Congress in 2010. Since then, he has a proven track record of clashes with his party on numerous topics, including health care, government spending, and now impeachment.
His call for impeachment proceedings against the President in May drew massive criticism from his fellow Republicans in the Congress and put his political future within the party at risk.
Two of the most prominent Republican critics of Trump, George Conway, and Bill Kristol welcomed the Amash's decision to remain loyal not to the President and the party, but to the country and its constitution.
President Trump angrily responded to the news on Twitter saying that it was great news for the Republican Party that one of the ''dumbest'' and ''disloyal'' member is leaving.
During the past few months, Amash has repeatedly refused to rule out a potential presidential bid. According to the political analysts, such a move from his side would reshape the presidential election as he could attract the young, conservative people that would not vote for Trump.
His announcement to leave the party now fuels the growing speculations that he might look the support of the Libertarian Party for a 2020 nomination.
What do you think? Do you believe that Justin Amash would enter the 2020 race for the White House?