Michigan’s Justin Amash, the only Republican Rep. calling for Trump’s impeachment, just got told a thing or two by some Trump supporters who confronted him at a town hall meeting Amash held.
Over several days at the end of May, Amash posted a long (very long) series of tweets voicing his opinion on the Mueller report, claiming that there was ample evidence for Trump’s impeachment and that AG Barr deliberately misled people on the report’s findings.
Talk about a RINO.
For reference, here are a handful of Amash’s tweets summing up his views:
At his first town hall meeting since posting those tweets, several people stood up to Amash over his support of Trump's impeachment, with one African-American man testifying that Trump has truly been doing what he said he would: Making America Great Again.
The man said, "Trump is good for America, and I'm wondering why the Republicans and Democrats are fighting him so much when he's doing such a good job...You're demonizing him on something that you know is not true."
Applause erupted from the town hall audience.
Later on, a woman who had once campaigned for Amash took the microphone to say that she no longer supports the Rep. over his baseless call for the impeachment of the president.
She boldly tackled the claims Amash made in his tweets, brilliantly debunked much of what he said, and implied that he only called for impeachment in order to gain political fame for himself.
Watch the awesome video here:
After the clip went viral, viewers took to Twitter over it.
Check it out:
ABC News said this about the town hall confrontation:
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash opened his first town hall since calling for President Trump's impeachment with a joke.
"Read any interesting tweets lately?" he deadpanned to a Grand Rapids crowd, referring to a Twitter thread he posted earlier this month that outlined his "principal conclusions" that "President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct."
As the sole congressional Republican to publicly say the president committed impeachable offenses based on conclusions in the Mueller report, Amash may have been prepared to face criticism. But instead he was greeted with applause as he continued to stand his ground before his constituents.
"I think it's really important that we do our job as a Congress, that we do 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.
The Grand Rapids crowd seemed supportive of the five-term congressman's position, at one point giving him a standing ovation. One town hall attendee commended Amash on his courage.
President Trump won the area surrounding Grand Rapids by a little more than 3 percent in the 2016 election, and not everyone in attendance at the Grand Rapids Christian High School auditorium Tuesday voiced praise for the congressman.
"I've been your supporter since you started running for Congress, and I can't tell you how disappointed I am," a woman wearing a 'Make America Great Again' hat told Amash, adding, "'Violating the public trust' is such a vague term."
Amid some heckling from the crowd, the woman went on to ask, "How can you become a Democrat when we voted for you as a Republican? You just drank all the same Kool-Aid as the Democrats."
M Live had the following to say about the meeting:
Amash opened the town hall with a brief defense of his support for impeachment and again outlined his rationale before launching into an almost two-hour Q&A with the audience.
The crowd was largely in support of Amash, giving him a standing ovation as he walked out and shook the hands of a few audience members. There were sizable pockets, though, of those who remained seated and didn’t clap on impeachment talking points.
Some called him courageous. Others called his actions an empty attention grab to popularize his name so he could launch an independent 2020 presidential run against Trump -- something Amash has “not ruled out.”
Amash is the sole Republican member of Congress to support impeachment against Trump. He dismissed claims that his impeachment comments were aimed at launching a presidential bid.
Cascade Township resident Tom Campbell came to the meeting an Amash supporter thrown off by his impeachment comments.
Like Garnaat, he wanted answers from Amash. He left unconvinced the president should be impeached, calling the Mueller report “extremely partisan” and saying Amash should be more skeptical of it.
The town hall did reconfirm his “firm support” of the congressman, Campbell said.
“I think he carried himself quite well,” Campbell said after the town hall, calling Amash a “thoughtful” politician who he agrees with on many issues.
Whether impeachment support will change his vote at the ballot, should Amash run for his seat again in 2020, that’s unclear.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m a strong supporter of his, but it would be something to consider.”
The comments aren’t enough to make either Garnaat or Campbell vote Democrat, they said, but it will make them consider other Republican challengers. Two such challengers have declared they’re running against Amash in the primary.
Some, like Grand Rapids resident Diane Luke, are not so open.
Luke was the only apparent member of the audience wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat. She sparred with Amash during the Q&A period, mostly over the validity of the Mueller report and that Trump has done no wrong.
Asked afterward if she’d vote for Amash, she said, “Absolutely not.”
Theresa Plummer of Cannonsburg carried a small sign with her with a message: “Recall Amash.”
After his comments about Trump, she said she regrets ever voting for Amash and did so in the past only because he was a Republican.
“Has he ever created thousands of jobs? Does he know anything about the economy,” she said in praise of Trump.
I don't know about you, but I for one want all this groundless impeachment talk to end and for Trump to keep making America great again!