Amash un­bowed by pri­mary threats

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Seth McLaugh­lin

Rep. Justin Amash on Thurs­day brushed off a pri­mary threat from a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion staffer, say­ing “I am not wor­ried about it.”

“My con­stituents know what I stand for,” Mr. Amash said at a House Free­dom Cau­cus forum hosted by Politico.

“They want some­one who is in­de­pen­dent. They want some­one who is go­ing to stand up for all of them, and some­one who is go­ing to fol­low the Con­sti­tu­tion, up­hold the rule of law, de­fend lib­erty,” the Michi­gan Repub­li­can said. “They have that per­son in Congress right now.”

The House Free­dom Cau­cus be­came the face of con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion to the health care bill that Pres­i­dent Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan failed to usher through Congress last month.

Dan Scavino Jr., a se­nior ad­viser to Mr. Trump, took aim at Mr. Amash af­ter that fail­ure, call­ing Mr. Amash “a big li­a­bil­ity” to Mr. Trump’s “bring­ing auto plants and jobs back to Michi­gan.” He ex­horted Michi­gan­ders to “de­feat him in [a] pri­mary.”

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