Former Republican Congressman Launches Independent Run for President

Justin Amash

The Congressman who made headlines last year for being the only Republican to vote in favor of impeaching President Trump is launching an independent bid for the White House.

Congressman Justin Amash (I-MI) made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday saying,

“Today, I launched an exploratory committee to seek the @LPNational’s nomination for president of the United States. Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people…

We’re ready for a presidency that will restore respect for our Constitution and bring people together. I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president.”

Amash has virtually no chance of winning, much less getting over 2-4% of the national vote, but his candidacy will have a limited impact on the outcome of the presidential election, especially in his own swing state of Michigan.

President Trump jokingly welcomed his political rival to the race tweeting,

“No, I think Amash would make a wonderful candidate, especially since he is way behind in his district and has no chance of maintaining his Congressional seat. He almost always votes for the Do Nothing Dems anyway. I like him even more than Jill Stein!”

Attached to the tweet was an op-ed penned by Trump’s former Republican challenger entitled, “Joe Walsh: You can’t win, Justin Amash. You can only help Trump get reelected.”

Former Arizona Governor Gary Johnson received just over 3% of the national vote for president in 2016, setting a new record for a Libertarian Party nominee.

About The Author

Matthew Howerton is a writer, political consultant, campaign manager, and former congressional staffer based out of Louisiana. Matt was born in Houston, Texas where he was active in promoting christian-conservative policies and candidates for public office. Having served on eight campaigns and as a staffer for the 115th Congress, Matt has a wealth of political knowledge and experience. His electoral assists include a newly-elected U.S. Senator, Governor, U.S. Congressman, State Representative, and City Councilman. Matt continues to fight for common-sense solutions for Texas, Louisiana and the United States.

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