Rep. (Mich.), the lone congressional Republican who has called for an impeachment inquiry against , on Wednesday accused members of his party of moving “toward a sense of victimization,” referring to conservative efforts to curb supposed liberal bias at major tech companies.
In an interview with Vox, the libertarian said that many in the GOP who subscribe to Trump’s brand of conservatism are perfectly fine with using “big government” to push back against perceived bias on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
“I think it does play into a general shift within the Republican Party away from a fear of big government and more toward a sense of victimization that society is coming after them,” he said, adding, “It is more like Trump’s brand of conservatism, which is again, something very different. It’s nationalism and populism and again, a sense of victimization, like the rest of society is coming after us and we’ve got to defend ourselves against that at all costs.”
“A lot of Trump Republicans have this mindset that they have to fight this all-out war against the left. And if they have to use big government to do it, they’re perfectly fine with that,” Amash said.
Trump, who regularly accuses tech giants such as Twitter, Google and Facebook of anti-conservative bias, plans to host a White House summit on social media on July 11, with several right-wing figures scheduled to attend.
In the interview, Amash accused members of his party of abandoning traditional conservative qualms with the expansion of the power of the federal government.
“I get a lot of reactions now from Trump supporters saying, ‘Who cares how big the government is,’ or ‘Who cares how much we’re spending as long as we’re fighting against illegal immigration and pushing back against the left,’ he said.
Amash made headlines earlier this year when, following the release of former special counsel ‘s report, he came out as the first — and so far only — House Republican in support of impeachment proceedings against the president.
He now faces a primary challenger who has voiced support for the president, and he has been on the receiving end of weeks of criticism from the Republican National Committee and other groups loyal to Trump.