Justin Amash becomes sixth Congress member to change political party

US Representative Justin Amash, who announced that he was leaving a Republican Party on July 4th, US Independence Day, is now one of a few Congress members who switched parties or quit one, reported the USA TODAY Saturday.

Amash declared his own independence by announcing his decision to quit GOP on the Independence Day. “The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions,” Amash said. Only three hours after Amash’s opinion article was published in The Washington Post, US President Donald Trump responded by blasting Amash, the only Republican who called for impeachment, and calling him “one of the dumbest and disloyal men in Congress.”

Although American politicians do change a party, which does not happen often, Amash’s decision happens to be a unique one as it come while hi is still in office. According to the report. Amash becomes the fourth member of the House of Representatives to change a party while in office in the 21st century.

USA TODAY analyzed Senate’s data and found out that only five government officials changed parties in the last 18 years, and most of them either lost re-election or retired from office.   

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