Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has finally made it official. He is leaving the Republican Party, and made the announcement on Independence Day in an op/ed in the globalist Washington Post.
“Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party,” Amash wrote. “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.”
Amash is framing his abandonment of his political party and his betrayal of his constituents as a rejection of partisan politics.
“The Republican Party, I believed, stood for limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty — principles that had made the American Dream possible for my family,” he wrote.
“In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions,” Amash added.
But a close examination of Amash’s voting record shows that he has in all actuality flipped to the Democrats. His support for the impeachment of Trump is to the left of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he voted to affirm illegals in the voting booth, he supported Democratic overreach to censure Trump administration officials based on the proposed census citizenship question, he voted with the Democrats to subpoena Kellyanne Conway over fake ‘Hatch Act’ violations, and he voted against denying green cards to known violent gang members.
His opposition to Trump has won him the monetary support of ‘Never Trump’ neocon Bill Kristol’s Democrat-funded front group as well as gushing coverage from the fake news media.
“My parents, both immigrants, were Republicans. I supported Republican candidates throughout my early adult life and then successfully ran for office as a Republican,” Amash said of his Palestinian heritage.
But now, Amash is no longer a Republican. He will be rallying voters against Trump in the key battleground state of Michigan, and liberals are thrilled that Amash’s self-serving subterfuge may put them back in the White House come 2020.
HUGE: Mitt Romney Spokesman Reveals He’s Not an Automatic ‘No’ On SCOTUS Nominee Confirmation
Romney might vote to confirm a nominee.
Mitt Romney isn’t an automatic ‘no’ vote for a Supreme Court nominee in the Senate, contrary to initial reports suggesting that he would be.
Initial reports- just hours after Ginsberg’s death- from an anonymous(as usual) source claiming to be a Romney ‘insider’ had suggested that the Utah Senator was already planning to refuse a confirmation vote for a tentative Trump administration SCOTUS nominee.
— Jim Dabakis (@JimDabakis) September 19, 2020
Senator Romney’s communications director, Liz Johnson, refuted the report just hours after former Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis claimed to have been privy to it.
— Liz Johnson (@LJ0hnson) September 19, 2020
A similar report had come out at the time of Ginsberg’s death, claiming that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was also planning to vote no on a potential Trump administration nominee. This report that was also promptly corrected by a Grassley spokesperson.
This is a game changer for the potential confirmation prospects of a Trump administration Supreme Court nominee. It leaves Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski as the only outstanding Republican ‘no’ votes on a nominee, hypothetically opening up a possibility of 51 votes(if every single Democrat votes against a SCOTUS nominee) to confirm a judge in the Senate.
It’s even possible to confirm a SCOTUS judge with fifty votes and a Vice Presidential tiebreaker, but an extra potential vote would give Senate Republicans breathing room for error.
Romney is known for his liberal sympathies, but he has not come out in opposition to a SCOTUS nominee as of yet. He’ll doubtlessly receive a load of invective and hate from the progressive left for refusing to instantly ice a new judge, especially if he actually votes in favor of the confirmation of the eventual nominee.
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