Democrats know they need a motivated anti-Trump coalition to defeat the President in 2020.
Things seemed to be going their way as the economy ground to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic and the mood in America soured.
But Joe Biden’s plans for 2020 went up in smoke with this announcement.
Despite the economic troubles, President Trump enjoys rock-solid support within the Republican Party.
The only way Democrats can hope to eke out a victory would be to attract Never-Trump Republicans to support their candidate.
But realistically, that won’t happen if there’s a viable anti-Trump third party candidate in the race.
And Biden and the Democrat watched as their worst fears became reality when Michigan Congressman Justin Amash announced he was forming an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Party nomination for President.
“Today, I launched an exploratory committee to seek the @LPNational’s nomination for president of the United States. Americans are ready for practical approaches based in humility and trust of the people.” Amash announced.
“We’re ready for a presidency that will restore respect for our Constitution and bring people together. I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president.”
Amash left the Republican Party in dramatic fashion on July 4, 2019, with a letter where he symbolically declared his “independence” from the GOP.
He later won the backing and financial support from a number of Democrats by supporting the impeachment witch hunt against President Trump.
Hailing from Michigan’s Third Congressional District, the Congressman could siphon off enough Never-Trump votes to keep Biden from having any chance in the swing state.
In 2016, Donald Trump won Michigan by just 11,000 votes.
Biden and the Democrats need every single vote they can to turn it blue in 2020, and Amash’s potential candidacy just made that task a lot harder.
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