Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The one House Republican still criticizing Trump

The One House Republican Who Can't Stop Criticizing Donald Trump | The Huffington Post - Matt Fuller:

December 1, 2016 - "Within the Republican rat race to shift core principles and cozy up to the Trump administration, there’s one Republican in the House who seems totally uninterested in running the maze.

"When Donald Trump proposed a year of jail or loss of citizenship for burning the flag, this congressman said no president should be allowed to 'burn the First Amendment.'

"When Trump said only the media thinks his potential conflicts of interest are 'a big deal,' he quote tweeted the president-elect to say that it was indeed a big deal, affixing Trump’s hashtag, #draintheswamp.

"And when Trump indicated he would nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general, he said he was 'deeply concerned' by the pick....

"'I’m not here to represent a particular political party; I’m here to represent all of my constituents and to follow the Constitution,' [Justin] Amash told The Huffington Post earlier this week.

"Amash, a 36-year-old lawyer entering his fourth term in Congress, has quite a bit of experience in breaking with his party. If there’s a bill that passes on the House floor with one member in opposition, there’s a good chance it’s Amash. He’s perhaps the most hated Republican in some orbits of the GOP conference ― Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) once called Amash 'Al Qaeda’s best friend in Congress' ― just as he’s perhaps the most respected lawmaker in Libertarian circles. He’s partnered with Democrats to lead the charge against detention at Guantanamo Bay and the National Security Agency’s blanket collection of telephone metadata, and he’s been an outspoken critic of Trump from the very beginning to the very end, when he wrote in Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on his ballot....

"'I ran on a set of principles, and it doesn’t really matter which party is in charge or who the president is; I’m going to stick by my principles,' he told HuffPost.

"He seems unworried by a potential backlash from standing up to Trump. In his congressional district, Amash noted, Mitt Romney did better than Trump  ― and Amash did better than [both] of them. "

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/justin-amash-donald-trump_us_58406d7ae4b017f37fe35a9e
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