Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), the only Republican lawmaker to call for President Trump’s impeachment, announced in a bombshell Fourth of July op-ed that he’s leaving the Republican Party and becoming an independent.
“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” Amash wrote in a op-ed for The Washington Post.
“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,” he added.
The libertarian congressman said he’s become “disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it” and argued that “the two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.”
The Michigan lawmaker drew backlash from members of his own party in May when he said he believed Trump had committed impeachable behavior that was revealed by the Mueller report.
Trump responded by calling Amash a “loser” and reportedly considered openly endorsing another Republican for the lawmaker’s seat.