Republican representative Justin Amash of Michigan received a standing ovation on Tuesday at his first town hall meeting. This comes after critical comments regarding President Trump and his belief that Trump has engaged in impeachable behavior.
People at the meeting booed a woman in a Make America Great Again hat who was defending President Trump. Amash dismissed the boos and urged the crowd to be respectful.
The town hall lasted two hours, which was an hour more than originally planned. Amash spent that time defending his constitutional conservative values, in addition to brushing off a new primary challenge from Michigan state representative Jim Lower.
Amash is the only sitting republican to publicly say that Trump should be impeached based on his interpretation of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Amash has not agreed to sign on to any Democratic resolutions in terms of the impeachment. Tuesday, Amash did say that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should move forward with an inquiry concerning impeachment.
Amash told the crowd at the town hall that politicians have a job to perform and owe it to the people to do the right thing and maintain quality character and not violate the trust of the public.
Hours before the town hall took place, Amash had to release around twenty-five tweets expanding on his interpretation of the Mueller report. The Mueller report explored the possibility of Russian interference regarding the 2016 United States Presidential election.
Amash believed that the report found some concerning connections between people who worked the Trump campaign and people in the Russian Government.
Amash particularly pointed out Attorney General William Barr for his handling of the Mueller report. Amash believes Barr misrepresented information in the report, including in testimony before the Congress.
Amash claimed Barr used his position to support a false narrative initiated by President Trump.
Amash is known for having some independent behaviors in his politics and has in the past disagreed with some standard GOP positions. Two examples are his views on foreign policy and surveillance.
His criticism of Trump has led to Trump targeting Amash.
During the town hall, one constituent asked Amash why he had not declared as an independent rather than a republican. Amash explained to the person that the political system in Michigan makes it really difficult to win an election as an independent. Amash cites aspects such as straight-ticket voting and signature requirements that make it really difficult to get on the ballot.
A possible third-party presidential bid for Amash was also brought up at the town hall meeting. Amash did not rule out running for President in 2020, or any other high office. Amash did clarify that his views on the impeachment of Trump was not meant to prop up his desire to run for President or any other political position.
Amash explained that his main goals are to
fight for the United States Constitution. However that can be achieved in the
best possible way is what Amash is concerned about and willing to take part in.