Republican strategist says an Amash presidential bid wouldn't result in 'any real political gain'

Republican strategist Lauren Claffey said Wednesday that if Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (R-Mich.) decided to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE in 2020, it wouldn’t result in any “real political gain.”

“For Justin Amash it’s not going to be any sort of real political gain,” Claffey, who is a managing director of Hamilton Place Strategies, told Hill.TV. “He’s not going to win anything, he may just get a couple of votes and a lot of media interviews.”

However, the Republican strategist noted that Amash could potentially pull some important votes away from President Trump in key states.

“Just like any other third party candidate it would pull away votes from what’s already going to be a tight race for him and so he’s not going to want that,” she said. 

Amash told The Hill on Tuesday he would not rule out a third-party challenge to Trump in response to a question over whether he was thinking about leaving the Republican Party to run for president as the Libertarian Party candidate.

The question came as Amash has been facing backlash this week after becoming the first Republican in the House to support impeachment proceedings against Trump for obstruction of justice.

Amash also accused Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrUS attorney blames Philadelphia DA for 'culture of disrespect' that led to police shootings GOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony MORE of “deliberately misrepresenting” special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE’s findings from the Russia investigation.

Trump and his supporters quickly moved to shut Amash's comments down, saying the lawmaker is just looking to make headlines.

“He never supported the president, and I think he's just looking for attention,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger MORE (R-Calif.) said on Fox News a day after Amash made his remarks.

Amash, who is a founding member of the conservative voting bloc House Freedom Caucus, has frequently spoken out against the president and even at one point supporting legislation to block Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border.

—Tess Bonn