Rep. Justin Amash announces he's quitting Republican Party in op-ed

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 16:12:11-04

Rep. Justin Amash, the lone Republican in Congress to open up impeachment talk against President Donald Trump, announced on Thursday that he is leaving the Republican Party.

Amash, I-Mich., made the declaration in an opinion piece published by The Washington Post.

"Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party," Amash wrote. "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."

Having been brought up by Republican immigrant parents, Amash wrote, he supported Republican candidates throughout his early adult life and believed that the party "stood for limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty," but has become "disenchanted" with party politics and is "frightened" by what he has seen from it in recent years.