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Justin Amash – the Anti-Trump, Libertarian Candidate for President – Needs to Sit Down.

Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) is considering a third party Presidential run, and it’s one of the dumbest things we’ve heard since CNN’s Brian Stelter began to hype now-convicted felon Michael Avenatti for the job.

Elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, libertarian Amash made headlines for his opposition to the far-left excesses of the Obama Administration. While he helped found the important House Freedom Caucus, Donald Trump’s election in 2016 appears to have driven Amash off the deep end.

“…he wants to have attention,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy explained last year as Amash backed impeachment for what we all now know as the “Russia hoax”.

Fooled by the media and co-opted by flawed intelligence agency behavior (read: FISA abuses), for a so-called libertarian, Amash sure did seem to buy the administrative state line.

Months later, as Amash finally took the hint and dropped from the Republican Party, President Trump tweeted:

“Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is “quitting” the Party. No Collusion, No Obstruction! Knew he couldn’t get the nomination to run again in the Great State of Michigan. Already being challenged for his seat. A total loser!”

Nothing President Trump said was untrue.

Amash attacked fellow Republicans because President Trump dared to take on the Chinese Communist Party with tariffs.

Given the latest public polling on China, the Michigan Congressman might want to keep his mouth shut about the matter if he does indeed run for president.

His stance has often looked less ideological and more self-serving.

Congressman Amash and his operate a family business called Tekton Tools, which claims its products are made in the USA. Local media reported that tools sold by Tekton are in fact manufactured in China.

He was also the only Republican to vote against President Trump’s emergency declaration for border wall funding, despite claiming to support border wall and immigration enforcement.

TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME.

Congressman Amash’s hatred for the president has made him friends in the NeverTrump right as well as the anti-Trump left.

These new friends have been urging Amash to run a spoiler campaign for president, probably on the Libertarian Party ticket. They’d be welcome to him.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson got 3.3 percent of the popular vote in 2020, and Libertarians are hoping for more from Amash. Perhaps this candidate will know where Aleppo is.

Such a campaign would likely be counterproductive to the cause of liberty – if Amash cares about it.

In his attempt to hurt Trump, the 40-year-old Michigander would only be helping Joe Biden and a Democratic Party working harder than ever to curtail American freedoms.

Libertarians like to pretend there are absolutely no differences between the Democratic Party and the GOP.

“Replacing one elderly, not-quite-all-there guy with a different elderly, not-quite-all-there-guy — I’m not feeling it,” said Libertarian Party chairman Nicholas Sarwark.

Imagine university-style speech codes in common life, Canadian-style healthcare, California-style regulation.

Imagine the hyperinflation from a universal income scheme, no more border enforcement, and prosecution for using the wrong pronouns.

If that’s the future Justin Amash desires, he should come out and say so. Otherwise, he should sit back down.

Vinny Ungro contributed to this article

Brian Almon

Brian Almon is a 2020 National Pulse Writing Fellow