#Resistance & MAGA crew both lose it over independent US congressman's third-party presidential bid
Amash announced on Tuesday night via Twitter that he was forming an "exploratory committee" to look into running for president under the Libertarian Party's banner. Posting a link to a campaign website that featured little beyond a "DONATE" button, the newly-minted candidate vowed to bring "practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people" to the table.
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.— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 29, 2020
While the Michigan representative padded out his announcement with standard-issue platitudes about "a presidency that will restore respect for our Constitution and bring people together," it's unlikely he meant 'bring people together to bash Justin Amash.'
However, that was the apparent result on social media, as people from all areas of the political spectrum gasped in horror as one, terrified the intrusion of a third-party wild card would upset their candidate's chance at victory.Also on rt.com Once, Americans could bridge party lines in a crisis — Trump's ratings show that time is gone
Donald Trump supporters were appalled that Amash – who had voted to impeach the president mere months ago – would dare enter the race. "Congratulations to Justin Amash on his upcoming CNN contributor contract," snarked one user.
Justin Amash isn’t a principled statesman He’s a clown and a conspiracy theorist who deeply believes Peegate is realHave a nice day— Jack Posobiec ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@JackPosobiec) April 29, 2020
#Resistance commenters turned the groupthink up to 11, calling for Amash to be "shunned" until he set his mind right and backed Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden.
Justin Amash should now be shunned.The shunning can cease when he abandons his vanity third-party presidential campaign and dedicates himself to removing Trump from power.Those are the new rules. You’re welcome.— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) April 29, 2020
Others brought up their ideas of disqualifying views he held.
Justin Amash is a gun extremist who opposes Red Flag laws and supports giving civilians easy access to military-style weapons. Amash cosponsored legislation in Michigan to eliminate “gun free zones,” and he’s an endowment life member of the @NRA. https://t.co/4UEFmUymBr— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 29, 2020
Justin Amash does not believe in Medicare for All. He is a hardcore libertarian who will take a sledgehammer to your momma's Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. Do not vote for this dude.— Fred (@WaywardWinifred) April 29, 2020
The horrified reactions weren't limited to social media, either. Former Republican congressman and erstwhile Trump challenger Joe Walsh took to the op-ed page of the Washington Post to wring his hands about how running against the president was unthinkable because it could "siphon enough votes from the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, to hand the election to Trump."
Some pointed out that the sheer volume of freaking out about Amash's candidacy said more about Biden and Trump – and their parties – than it did about the 'interloper.'
"Half the country doesn't even vote. If your favorite candidate loses, it's because they're sh**ty all on their own," one user tweeted, calling on the pearl-clutchers to "let others vote their conscience."
If Democrats are that worried about Justin Amash, a "100% pro-life" conservative libertarian who voted to repeal Obamacare and wants to slash entitlements, dragging Democrats away from Joe Biden, that honestly says more about Biden than it does Amash.— Alex (@_alex_joshua) April 29, 2020
Amash's pitch should just be, "I'm Justin Amash, I'm the only one on this stage without a credible accusation of sexual assault against him, I won't be infirm and eleventy-hundred years old when taking the oath of office, and I know where Aleppo is."— Paul Matzko (@PMatzko) April 29, 2020
Amash loudly left the Republican Party last Fourth of July, lamenting that American politics was "trapped in a partisan death spiral." But participants in that spiral apparently like it just fine, thank you, and aren't taking kindly to his dipping his toe in the 2020 pool.
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