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Team Trump Contemplates Backing Amash Challenger

The Michigan congressman claimed President Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct.” Now the president is weighing options to end Amash’s career.

By NTK Staff | 06.12.2019 @9:42am
Team Trump Contemplates Backing Amash Challenger

President Donald Trump and his team are reportedly considering options that could ultimately end the political career of Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian collusion and interference in the 2016 election, Amash tweeted that he believed Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct.”

The backlash was immediate. Amash drew a Republican challenger almost instantly. Voters began questioning their support for the five-term incumbent. Prominent donors announced they would no longer give to Amash. And at least one poll showed Amash trailing state Rep. Jim Lower:

Now President Trump’s team is indicating they might consider getting involved, per Politico:

Trump has raised the primary challenge idea with Vice President Mike Pence and North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a close Trump ally who co-founded the conservative House Freedom Caucus with Amash. Trump has also addressed the subject with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, a former Michigan GOP leader who remains influential in the state.

Those who’ve spoken with the president say he’s made no firm decision about taking on Amash, who’s accused the president of engaging in “impeachable conduct” and left the door open to a third-party campaign for president. Trump, they point out, is mostly focused on his own reelection and often cools down after he has time to process a slight. There are also potential risks: Trying to unseat Amash could elevate him or turn him into a martyr.

The Trump team is in no hurry to make a decision on the matter. Some Michigan insiders are even speculating that Amash may not mount a 2020 re-elect campaign. But if Trump does come out against Amash, it will be extraordinarily difficult for him to win in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which views the president very favorably.

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