Last night Congressman Justin Amash (I-MI) entered the presidential politics scene, making a stir on social media. Needless to say, responses ranged from excited and supportive to insulting and accusing Amash of being the Ralph Nader of 2020 who would help get Donald Trump re-elected. The real issue is whether Amash is actually a viable alternative, but the folks responding to his announcement all have reasons to say these things. Back to the question of is Amash viable?
He could be, but he will have to answer questions about a lot of his decisions, primarily this one: Why did he vote to impeach President Donald Trump based on questionable, fabricated, and unconstitutional evidence?
— Amash for America (@amashforamerica) April 29, 2020
Of course, President Trump himself weighed in via Twitter:
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! https://t.co/V8kutnfvIj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2020
Even famous never-Trumpers weighed in early: The bottom line?
“If Amash gets the Libertarian nomination and stays in until the end, he could wind up going in the books as the guy who voted to impeach Trump one year, then tipped the election to him 11 months later.” https://t.co/V0pABdmi8O
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 29, 2020
Viability—that is the key. Can Amash establish himself as the truthful, honorable, American with integrity who voters can count on or is he just another guy with name recognition like Jesse Ventura, who also indicates he may run as a third-party alternative?
This piece originally appeared in RobManess.com and is used by permission.
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