Yesterday, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) took the stage at a town hall in Grand Rapids, MI. He criticized President Trump frequently during the event before a selected audience while promoting his own constitutional voting record.
There was a tense confrontation between Amash and a pro-Trump woman who was hectored by the hostile audience and barely able to raise her point between the jeers:
One of the most telling snippets from the town hall was Amash’s assertion that he has plenty of backup in Congress on the Republican side of the aisle for his impeachment push.
Amash said to the audience that they wouldn’t believe how many of his Republican colleagues support impeachment based on the contents of the Mueller report, which cleared President Trump of any Russian collusion.
He then patted himself on the back for his bravery in supporting Trump’s impeachment.
“If you have a society where all we care about is that the other side is bad and therefore we don’t have to do what’s right, that society will break down and you will have no liberty,” Amash said.
Then Amash implied that impeachment was the right choice “for those of you who care about liberty [and] the Constitution.” He advocated for Republicans to reach out and “care” about what the Democrats are doing.
The entire clip can be seen here.
— Daniel Lewis (@Daniel_Lewis3) May 28, 2019
Amash framed his fight as a matter of ethics. By ignoring the gross overreaches of the Mueller investigation and instead focusing on the President’s alleged obstruction of this unprecedented deep state overreach, he claims he is fulfilling his oath of office.
“I think it’s really important that we do our job as a Congress, that we not allow misconduct to go undeterred, that we not just say someone can violate the public trust and that there are no consequences to it,” Amash said.
He urged everyone to read the Mueller report, a biased political document written by a career federal bureaucrat who lied about WMDs in Iraq as FBI director, and talked about the document as if it was sacrosanct.
“I’m confident if you read volume two, you will be appalled at much of the conduct, and I was appalled by it,” Amash said.
“I think we cannot let conduct like that go unchecked. Congress has a duty to keep the President in check, and it is a difficult process,” he added.
Amash noted that the impeachment process is not easy, but would continue to lead on the issue regardless. His position on impeachment is to the left of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
“We owe it to the American people to represent them, to ensure that the people we have in office are doing the right thing, are of good character, aren’t violating the public trust,” Amash said.
That clip can be seen here:
WATCH: In the first town hall since he called for Trump’s impeachment, (R) @JustinAmash continues his slamming of Trump.
Again, and this is worth reiterating, there is officially bipartisan support for impeachment. pic.twitter.com/SHL2dDZPtX
— Millennial Politics (@MillenPolitics) May 28, 2019
“I will always stand up for liberty and stand up for our Constitution,” Amash said in his conclusion.
His lip service was particularly enjoyed by the far left, who are enjoying the division that Amash is causing among his Republican ranks. Several resistance members showed up with signs outside of the town hall to support Amash’s stand against his party and Trump’s MAGA agenda.
Justin Amash is holding a town hall in Grand Rapids at 5:30 tonight. The crowd is growing at Grand Rapids Christian High School with a few people holding signs of support following his recent criticisms of the president and AG Barr. pic.twitter.com/Nj25T5774R
— Rose White (@rosekellywhite) May 28, 2019
FLASHBACK: Three Recent Supreme Court Justices Were Confirmed Within 45 Days
There’s ample precedent for a quick confirmation.
There are 45 days until the November 3rd presidential election, and there’s ample precedent for an expedited confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice in such a timeframe following a vacancy.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday, setting up a possible contentious confirmation process to fill her seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging that a tentative Trump administration nominee for the position will receive a vote on the Senate floor, despite outrage and indignation on the part of progressives falsely maintaining that McConnell is breaking precedent he set by refusing to confirm Merrick Garland. President Obama tried to get Garland confirmed when the opposing party controlled the Senate, a divided government that does not exist in 2020.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg herself was formally nominated by President Clinton on June 22nd, 1993. Her confirmation process began on July 20th, and she was confirmed on August 3rd, with a total of 42 days elapsing between her nomination and confirmation.
John Paul Stevens’ nomination was advanced and confirmed in a speedy 19 days, and Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed in 1981 in a total of 33 days.
In fact, every single Supreme Court nomination of the past 45 years was nominated and voted upon within a shorter duration of the time remaining in Donald Trump’s first presidential term.
Yes, Trump has time to nominate and get his nominee confirmed to the Supreme Court. EVERY SINGLE VOTE ON A #SCOTUS NOMINEE OF THE LAST 45 YEARS was voted on in less time than what Trump has between now and the end of his current term. pic.twitter.com/og5aOZsiw1
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) September 19, 2020
There’s actually wide precedent for nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice within the confines of President Trump’s first term, and Democrats are being untruthful or erroneous to suggest otherwise.
McConnell is beginning initial work to advance confirmation hearings, with potential liberal Republicans such as Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski presenting themselves as possible holdouts. It is possible to approve a judge with 50 votes in the Senate and a Vice Presidential tiebreaker.
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