Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, elected as a Tea Party Congressman in the Republican “wave” of 2010, went on to a ten year career, including heading the “Liberty Caucus” and being a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, an extreme right wing group that warred against Speaker John Boehner and his successor, Paul Ryan.
Amash went on to vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump in 2019, and to leave the Republican Party, and now he is an announced candidate for the Libertarian Party Presidential nomination.
Considering that Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee received about 3.3 percent of the popular vote and 4.5 million votes in 2016, it is a concern whether Amash could perform at the same level in 2020, and whether it would harm Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the election.
Amash is complicated, as he supports the following that could bring over disaffected Democrats who wanted Bernie Sanders:
He voted against religious institutions being eligible for FEMA grants.
He supported gay marriage being left alone after the Supreme Court ruled in favor in 2015.
He has stated his opposition to political gerrymandering.
He voted against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act in 2011.
He voted against the Trump executive order banning migrating of people from seven majority Muslim nations.
He has stated his support of transgender American rights.
He has opposed building a Mexico Wall.
He has refused to support Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without agreement that there have been abuses that need to be addressed, while believing in the basic mission of ICE.
He has opposed US support of Saudi Arabia in its war against Yemen.
He has voted against any war against Iran by executive decision, only if Congress agreed by majority vote of both houses of Congress.
And of course, he has been a consistent critic of Donald Trump from the beginning.
So, while Amash is a big Trump critic, he could get disaffected Democrats who are not thrilled with Joe Biden, to vote for him, and that could be a decisive factor in his home state of Michigan and other “swing’ states!