IONIA, Mich. (WLNS) – Two Michigan Republicans are now running head to head after one of them shares controversial comments about President Trump.
We often hear about Democrats speaking out against the president, but now the first Republican in Congress is doing so, too.
He’s facing backlash because of this and a new opponent for his congressional seat.
Tweet after tweet after tweet from Republican Congressman Justin Amash (R – West Michigan) on Saturday, saying the Mueller Report shows that “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct” and it includes “multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice.”
This sparked outrage from conservatives across the country including State Rep. James Lower (R – 70th District) who’s now challenging Amash for his seat in Congress, representing a large part of West Michigan including Barry and Ionia counties.
“If you look at my track record in Lansing and my support for President Trump and his (Amash) basically inability to accomplish anything in D.C., that’s why I decided to run for Congress,” said Lower.
Lower currently serves part of Montcalm and Gratiot counties and says that Amash’s argument against Trump doesn’t hold up.
“I think that there’s not evidence for it if you look at it and I just strongly disagree with him on that point,” said Lower.
The Michigan Republican Party weighed in on this argument, a spokesperson for the group saying:
“The Michigan Republican Party does not typically get involved in primary elections, but we trust West Michigan Republicans select a nominee who reflects the region’s conservative values,” said Tony Zammit, the communications director for the Michigan Republican Party.
Lower thinks if President Trump did something wrong, the report would’ve stated that.
“If you look at the Mueller Report, you know there’s nothing more that they would’ve liked you know to indict the president or to impeach the president or recommend that he’d be impeached and the report itself did not recommend that,” said Lower.
6 News did reach out to Representative Amash for his response to Lower and a spokesperson for his office said he’s not available today to comment, but he does hold up his argument in saying that the president is impeachable.