During his first interview after announcing his departure from the GOP, Representative Justin Amash stated that he was contacted by Republicans who privately supported his decision.
“I get people sending me text messages, people calling me saying, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing, great op-ed,’” Amash told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
In a Washington Post published on the 4th of July, the congressman announced that he will be leaving the Republican Party.
"Today, I am declaring my independence and leaving the Republican Party. No matter your circumstance, I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it," Amash said.
The congressman also told Tapper that the feedback he's receiving from republicans was not the only instance that they showed opposition towards the Trump administration.
“When I was discussing impeachment, I had fellow colleagues and other Republicans, high-level officials, contacting me saying, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing,’” he said.
According to Amash, the only problem is Trump’s GOP critics are too scared to stand against the president.
“There are lots of Republicans out there who are saying these things privately, but they’re not saying it publicly, and I think that’s a problem for our country, it’s a problem for the Republican Party, it’s a problem for the Democratic Party when people aren’t allowed to speak out,” he said.
When President Trump responded to Amash's op-ed and called him "one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress” via Twitter, Amash said in defense: “People are elected to Congress with an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not an oath to support and defend one person, the president, who happens to be from your own party.”
He added: “I still wouldn’t rule anything like that out. I believe that I have to use my skills, my public influence, where it serves the country best.”