Republican rebel Justin Amash taunted Donald Trump Jr. for backing his primary opponent — and reminded the world about Junior’s role in playing footsie with the Russians during his dad’s 2016 campaign.
The lone GOP lawmaker to support President Trump’s impeachment warned Don Jr. that he’s ready to make his conduct a prime campaign issue in the unfolding Grand Rapids rumble for his seat in Congress.
“if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Amash wrote on Twitter.
President Trump slammed Amash, a Tea Party conservative, as a “lightweight” after he said special counsel Robert Mueller’s report offers ample evidence of impeachable offenses.
Don Jr. was touting a Republican poll that put Amash trailing a pro-Trump lawmaker who plans to challenge him in a GOP primary next year. Democrats are also eyeing the western Michican district, which Amash has generally won by a margin of less than 10% since first winning election in 2010.
Amash signaled he has no plans to go down without a fight.
His tweet was a biting reference to Don Jr.'s email to intermediaries promoting a meeting with Russians peddling dirt on Hillary Clinton. The presidential son and campaign official went on to coordinate the meeting at Trump Tower in one of the most damning episodes of Trump cooperation with Russians looking to interfere in the presidential campaign.
The Russia collusion issue got a huge new push by President Trump when he brazenly admitted that he would accept dirt again from a foreign power on rivals in the 2020 election. Critics blasted that as a virtual invitation for a new round of interference by Russia or other foreign powers seeking to manipulate Trump for their own interests.
Although Republican voters remain overwhelmingly in Trump’s corner, an outspoken intraparty opponent like Amash could spell trouble for Trump, who needs near unanimous backing among GOP loyalists to win reelection.