Voters celebrate Trump’s birthday with ‘Squash Amash’ rally near congressman’s Michigan office

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Screen capture … Hundreds turned out for the June 14 “Squash Amash” rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan … Credit: MLive

On Friday, it sucked to be Rep. Justin Amash, as hundreds of Trump supporters held a protest near the Grand Rapids office of the anti-Trump Republican congressman. According to The Detroit News, the event was billed as the “Squash Amash” rally and organized and funded by several groups, including the Michigan Trump Republicans and The New American Populist political action committee.

Several potential Republican primary challengers for Amash’s seat were in attendance at the rally, the newspaper reported.

Amash has suddenly become a target for Trump conservatives after he became the only Republican to call for President Trump’s impeachment following the Mueller Report’s release.

“It’s a national race at this point,” said state Rep. James Lower, one of two Republicans who have already announced 2020 primary campaigns against Amash, according to The Detroit News. Still, more potential challengers are said to also be weighing primary runs against the 10-year incumbent U.S. representative.

Lower is a pro-Trump Republican who last month spoke with Laura Ingraham on her Fox News program to say that he will campaign not only against Amash on the impeachment issue, but also for being “ineffective” in his years in Congress.

“In 10 years in Congress, he’s gotten one bill passed and it was renaming a post office,” Lower told Ingraham. “Completely ineffective.”

“If you look, he’s the only Republican in Congress to vote against funding for the border wall and [he’s] very weak on immigration issues. Just basic pro-life issues too,” Lower added.

Amash has been a Trump critic from the beginning, pushing for impeachment as early as 2017. In May of that year, he co-sponsored a Democrat bill calling for an independent investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

As many as 300 supporters of the President were in attendance at yesterday’s rally.

The rally doubled as a birthday celebration for the President, lining up on Michigan Street in front of a Grand Rapids federal building named for President Gerald R. Ford. Chants of “lock her up” and “squash Amash” carried through the downtown area, the News reported.

“What they’ve done to him [Trump] in these couple years already is just terrible,” Don Levault told the News, a factory worker who lives in Amash’s district. “It’s unreal. In my view, if you’re a Republican, you should back your president, and this guy ain’t, so he’s got to go.”

“Ideally, we’d like Congressman Amash to resign and have that be an open space that can be filled with somebody who supports the president’s agenda a lot more than he does,” said businessman Jeff Webb, a founder of The New American Populist PAC.

Tom Norton, another announced candidate running against Amash in the primary, was distributing statements calling on the House to expel Amash for allegedly failing to represent constituents in a district that backed Trump, as reported by the News. The congressman’s “first duty” is to represent constituents, and “he’s failing at that miserably,” Norton told the paper.


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