While many Democratic lawmakers remain hesitant to call for impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, fearing the move would be politically damning, one Republican congressman isn’t being so cautious—and his constituents are supporting him.
Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) called for Trump’s impeachment in a series of tweets last week, despite representing counties that went to Trump in the 2016 election in a state that ultimately did the same.
Amash recently returned to Michigan’s 3rd district for a town hall and it soon became clear that—despite their support for Trump in 2016—his constituents were fully supportive of his calls for oversight and investigation.
— POLITICO (@politico) May 29, 2019
Amash told the crowd regarding his calls for impeachment:
“I think it’s really important that we do our job as a congress, that we not allow misconduct to go undeterred…I’m confident that if you read volume two [of the Mueller report], you’ll be appalled at much of the conduct, and I was appalled by it and that’s why I stated what I stated…we can’t let conduct like that go unchecked.”
“I wanted to salute your courage,” one constituent said later, as the crowd rose in a standing ovation for the Congressman.
Twitter gave Amash a virtual standing ovation as well.
When all of this madness is done, Amash will be saluted for taking a stand. pic.twitter.com/8HSLCEoEoN
— Corey Quinlan Taylor (@CoreyQT) May 29, 2019
I might not agree with @justinamash on every issue, but he is by far one of the most consistent politicians in congress when it comes to principles. No matter if the President is Obama or Trump, Amash has held onto his values and positions, and that should be commended.
— The American Centrist (@USCentrist) May 29, 2019
Agree! Trumps conduct is immoral ! Trump and his family members should not be above the law!
— Patricia (@SpicyTricia) May 29, 2019
Damn, @justinamash is courageous, spot on, and hot.😉
— Al Prazolam (@AlliPrazolam) May 29, 2019
However, not everyone was on board. One person wearing a Make America Great Again cap accused Amash of “becom[ing] a Democrat” when they voted for a Republican. He insisted this wasn’t the case, to more applause from the crowd.
Some are calling for more cautious Democrats to follow Amash’s lead and finally endorse impeachment.
Amash got a STANDING OVATION at his town hall calling for impeachment. Maybe it’s time to get the whole Democratic Party on board. This isn’t hard. The time is now. Stop fucking around. https://t.co/gcjmtH7JET
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) May 29, 2019
— marlaine selip (@mselip) May 29, 2019
Good. Amash deserves a standing ovation. The Democrats could learn a lot from him. Voters respond well to congressmen who stand up for their beliefs.https://t.co/p4fTARzmNg
— Lisa Wetzelberger (@LisaWetzelberge) May 29, 2019
Though, as people pointed out, there are crucial differences between Amash calling for impeachment and the hesitation from Democratic leadership like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to do so.
So, at this point I'm welcoming anyone who wants to advocate for impeachment, but don't compare Amash and Pelosi, because they come at this from completely different angles.
Pelosi does NOT want Democrats to lose.
Amash probably does.
He'd be into president Pence, for example.
— eli friedmann (@eligit) May 29, 2019
Justin doesn't hang out with the Democrats, so I am assuming Justin's assuming.
You're speculating and that's what she wants.
You all drive 'what if' and she listens.
— DaleWillResist📣 (@awelab1956) May 29, 2019
Things are heating up.