Amash responds to Trump Jr. primary threat with Russia joke
Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashOver 1,400 pro athletes, coaches call on Congress to back bill ending qualified immunity House Democrats set to introduce proposed ban on chemical weapons Mark Cuban says he’s decided not to run for president MORE (R-Mich.) hit back at Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump Jr. calls elderly supporter who was assaulted Trump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going ‘establishment,’ ‘acting like Hillary’ Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders MORE on Thursday after the president’s eldest son hinted he may campaign with Amash’s primary challenger.
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Amash responded on Twitter.
if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer https://t.co/KmtA2khvLs
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 13, 2019
Amash was alluding to a comment Trump Jr. made in response to a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Democratic rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE during the 2016 election.
The Michigan Republican dug up the remark to use against Trump Jr. after the president’s son threatened to campaign against Amash following a new poll this week showing the libertarian-leaning lawmaker trailing a little-known GOP challenger by 16 points.
“Michigan is beautiful during primary season,” tweeted Trump Jr., who has campaigned for Republicans across the country and appeared at several rallies during the midterms last year.
Amash has become a virtual pariah among the GOP after he said President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE engaged in impeachable conduct, citing several instances detailed by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE of potentially obstructive behavior.
The Michigan Republican this week left the House Freedom Caucus, which he help found, and was slammed as a “loser” by the president last month.
He now faces a primary challenge from state Rep. James Lower, who has tied himself closely to the White House.
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Politico reported Wednesday that the president has considered backing Lower or another challenger and has discussed the prospect with top members of the party, including Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
“Voters in Amash’s district strongly support this president and would rather their congressman work to support the president’s policies that have brought jobs, increased wages and made life better for Americans,” McDaniel said in a statement Wednesday.