Amash discusses controversial tweets with voters at town hall

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — People filled the auditorium at Grand Rapids Christian High School Tuesday night for a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Justin Amash.

Voters were eager to give their opinion on the Republican congressman’s recent tweets, making him the only Republican publicly calling for impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Since the initial thread of tweets referencing the Mueller report, Amash has defended his stance in multiple other Twitter threads and said U.S. Attorney General William Barr is lying to the public about the report.

Tuesday’s meeting was Amash’s first opportunity to face his constituents after making these statements, and it went well over the scheduled one-hour timeframe.

Many in the crowd argued with Amash about impeachment.

“So many of us are upset for him to come out and basically side with the Democrats,” said Bonnie Keller.

Amash said his stance comes directly from upholding the Constitution.

“I stated what I stated,” he said. “That’s why I came to that conclusion, because I think we can’t let conduct like that go unchecked.”

Omtri Zainea, a retired principal, showed up early to the town hall showing his thanks for Amash’s stance on impeachment, which he says earned back his vote.

“I’m gonna vote for him and hopefully he can help the Democrats understand how you present information because they haven’t been clear,” Zainea said.

While Amash’s stances are bold, he says he won’t be the one to introduce impeachment proceedings, which has caused his opponents to question the integrity of his statements.

Any member of the House of Representatives can introduce articles of impeachment, but Amash says that's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's responsibility.

“None of them have teeth. He has yet to actually call for action and that’s what I want from him, is call for Attorney General Barr to step down. Call for him to recuse himself. Call for impeachment inquiries to begin. Something,” said Doug Booth, a Democrat running against Amash.

In the 2020 primary, Amash will face two Republican challengers in state Rep. Jim Lower and Tom Norton.

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  • Bighorse

    Will Amash ever answer the question “How much of this animosity is because of how much Trump’s China trade poliicies have cost your family?”

  • glen emerald

    Amash is dirty. Check his history. Check his MIT ties and how many millions he has made in his China trades. This is not a good man.

  • Rj

    There is no sense in explaining yourself Justin, we know people like you know more then the attorney general and the special counsel and the law, but you are one of the many in government. You are just another in the uniparty who want to continue to destroy this country and let unelected bureaucrats take our jobs and pays companies to leave this country while flooding our country with illegals costing us 250 billion + a year. This country in the last 2 months has gone from 420 cases of measles to 880 cases 2 weeks ago to over 920 cases. You claim to be a libertarian who is supposed to care about our safety and security, yet you have no problems with intelligence communities spying on not just the president and many others but you sit while everything we do is collected.

  • Bud

    Amash is just making outrageous statements for attention. If he truly believed what he is saying – WHY ISN’T HE INTRODUCING Articles of Impeachment? Because nothing President Trump did meets the threshold of ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors’ – while democrats were calling President Trump a ‘traitor’. I’m surprised Amash doesn’t want to know WHEN Mueller knew there was no collusion. As far as ‘obstruction’ goes – Mueller got EVERYTHING he needed to finish his investigation.

  • dace

    “….I think we can’t let conduct like that go unchecked.” Conduct ? Look your new friends on the other side of the aisle. Kavenaugh hearings, Chicken man, Tlaib, Schumer, Mazie, all of them. And you cite unchecked conduct of our – YOUR – President??? Wow.

    • lml25

      The votes he loses from Republicans,he figures he’ll make up with Democrats.His district is not like the district of Ford’s day–or haven’t you noticed the shootjngs,drug OD’s and gang activity in our diverse area?Haven’t you driven down west side streets and seen drug dealing and prostitution?A pure political move,as there really aren’t as many GOP votes around here anymore.

  • J.B.

    So…Its not what you can “prove”
    It is just what the local village idiot wants to “believe”.
    Once again Michigan…You sure know how to pick’em.

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