Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said on July 4 that Rep. Justin Amash should also lose his committee seats now that the Michigan lawmaker is exiting the Republican Party.
“Amash left the @freedomcaucus now he’s leaving the @GOP. The @HouseGOP never left @justinamash – we simply ran out of space for his ego. However, we should make sure he leaves Conference and his committee,” Walker, who is the vice chairman of the House Republic Conference, said in a Twitter post.
Amash declared his intention to leave the Republican party in an op-ed published in the Washington Post. In the piece, he said that he grew up in a Republican household, saying his father, a refugee from Palestine, and his mother, also an immigrant, were both Republicans.
“The Republican Party, I believed, stood for limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty—principles that had made the American Dream possible for my family,” he wrote.
“In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.”
“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,” he added.
The only other independent in Congress at present is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a socialist who is running for president in the Democratic primary.
Following the publication of the op-ed, President Donald Trump reacted to the announcement, saying it was “great news” that Amash is leaving the GOP.
“Great news for the Republican Party as one of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is ‘quitting’ the Party,” Trump wrote on Twitter.