As if 2020 couldn’t get any more volatile, one of President Trump’s most outspoken conservative critics is apparently thinking about throwing his hat into the 2020 ring.
Americans have long been stuck in the two-party political system that pits us against one another ever-more extreme ways. Every issue seems to be divvied up as soon as they arise, and placed into either Column “R” or Column “D”, and then argued about for hours on end via the mainstream media.
This two party system is just easier for advertisers to exploit, and since they have the deepest pockets, that’s just the way that it is.
But as Americans continue to grow tired of this binary scheme, there are many who believe that this is the perfect time for a third party candidate to emerge.
Former Republican Justin Amash is banking on this sentiment.
Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) on Wednesday brushed off political concerns over his decision to explore a potential run for president as a Libertarian, insisting that voters should have an option on the ballot in November other than President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“There are millions of Americans who aren’t represented by either Donald Trump or Joe Biden, who aren’t represented by the Republicans or the Democrats,” Amash, 40, told MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin in an interview. “And those millions of Americans deserve a choice on the ballot. And it’s pretty silly to say, well, we shouldn’t allow another candidate to be on the ballot.”
Amash pointed to other presidential candidates who initially faced backlash after announcing their White House bids, including former President Obama, who launched a campaign for the presidency little more than two years after entering the Senate.
“We can always say the next election is the time, or the one after that,” Amash said. “But the truth is, the system will never change unless people step up.”
Of course, there are fears that Amash could siphon far-right votes away from Donald Trump as a Libertarian candidate, potentially acting as a spoiler for the GOP in 2020.
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