Trump calls Michigan Rep. Justin Amash 'dumbest' and 'disloyal' after quitting Republican Party

Posted at 9:28 AM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 20:40:52-04

(WXYZ) — President Donald Trump turned to Twitter Thursday morning to express his thoughts on Michigan Representative Justin Amash's stepping away from the GOP.

Rep. Amash announced earlier he was quitting the Republican Party after publicly arguing that President Trump engaged in impeachable conduct.

"Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party," Amash wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday morning . "No matter your circumstance, I'm asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I'm asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it."

In response, the President called Amash "one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress."

Amash didn't mention the President by name, but his decision to abandon the party comes after months of escalating criticism not just of the President but of his own colleagues for their failure to hold Trump to account, specifically for the actions detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the 2016 election and its aftermath.