Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI), who formerly served in the House of Representatives as a Republican, could now be making a run for president but as a libertarian.
According to The Daily Beast, anti-Trump conservatives and libertarians are urging Amash to launch a presidential campaign in order to take votes away from Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
“If I was taking one bite at the apple and he was taking another, I don’t think it hurts me,” said former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who is also considering a run against Trump. “It enhances the collective ability to get a message out relative to a sitting president … I’d ask he would count me in as a supporter.”
“It’d be wonderful if he ran!!” said former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party 2016 candidate Gary Johnson in a text message to The Daily Beast. “I think he is terrific.”
Amash drew a lot of attention when he went after Trump shortly after the Mueller report was released. Amash claimed that the report documented multiple impeachable offenses by the president.
This eventually caused Amash to drop out of the GOP and join the libertarian party.
Because he would not be running as a Republican, but very much from a right-wing platform, an Amash candidacy would likely siphon more votes from Trump than from any Democratic candidate in a general election.
One source close to him said, “he’s trying to make sure that he would walk into the Libertarian nomination without having to fight for it … His worst case scenario is, he bows out of a congressional fight only to lose the Libertarian nomination.”