More than 800 constituents of Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash, the only Republican lawmaker to publicly call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, showed up to a town hall Tuesday night to voice both praise and berate the GOP lawmaker.
Cathy Garnaat, a Republican who supported Amash and the president said she was upset about Amash’s position on impeachment but wanted to hear his reasoning.
She told NBC News that she will definitely support Trump in 2020 but that Tuesday night was the first time she had heard that the Mueller report didn’t completely exonerate the president.
“I was surprised to hear there was anything negative in the Mueller report at all about President Trump. I hadn’t heard that before,” she said.
“I’ve mainly listened to conservative news and I hadn’t heard anything negative about that report and President Trump has been exonerated.”
average Republican Cathy Garnaat:
‘I was surprised to hear there was anything negative in Mueller report at all about Trump…I’ve mainly listened to conservative news and I hadn’t heard anything negative about that report and Trump has been exonerated’ pic.twitter.com/KJ9JeDIsXD
— (@TheBaxterBean) May 30, 2019
As Vox notes, the success of the Republican machine’s campaign to sow distrust in the FBI and in Mueller’s investigation “was best captured by Amash’s own constituent Cathy Garnaat.”
Outlets like Fox News have played a central role in the Trump presidency. Trump has repeatedly endorsed the network’s coverage, congratulating Fox’s high ratings while calling other outlets “Fake News.” Meanwhile, Trump and Fox News, which has always had a strong read of the conservative base, have had a symbiotic relationship, sharing talking points and a political agenda, so much so that the president has a direct line to the outlets’ pundits and several of the outlet’s contributors now work for his administration. Bill Shine, a veteran Fox News executive, was Trump’s deputy chief of staff until March, when he stepped down to join the Trump campaign.
This dynamic has created two worlds: one where Trump is heroically defending himself against a liberal witch hunt, where there was “no collusion” and “no obstruction” — and the reality, where the nation’s highest law enforcement agency, after a nearly two-year investigation, outlined 10 instances in which Trump may have attempted to obstruct the special counsel’s work, as well as numerous connections the Trump campaign had with foreign actors.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 30, 2019