Michigan Congressman, and former GOP member before dropping out after President Trump’s election, Justin Amash had announced some time ago that he was going to run for President of the United States as a third-party candidate. His withdrawal created a substantial amount of buzz in the Libertarian Party as they hoped that Amash’s candidacy would finally launch the party into being the first third major party.
On Saturday, however, Justin Amash gave up his campaign to claim the title of POTUS. He tweeted early Saturday morning, stating that, “After much reflection, I’ve concluded that circumstances don’t lend themselves to my success as a candidate for president this year, and therefore I will not be a candidate.”
He goes on to say how difficult of a decision this was because he admires the support and efforts many individuals have put in his campaign. He also states that he does continue to believe that a third-party candidate can eventually break through the two-party system. Still, due to the unusual polarization currently happening in politics, he did not foresee that for his campaign.
Amash Tweets: https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1261714486928576520
Amash then goes on to talk about the challenges to elections and campaigning with new social distancing rules in place. He also seems to imply that with the inhibited ability of grassroots support and online voting rumors that this election will go to one of the two major-party candidates.
Amash Tweet: https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1261714487763259392
Amash ends his tweet thread renouncing his candidacy by encouraging everyone to join the national libertarian party.