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 AmashThe Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 Amash decides against Libertarian campaign for president The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - In reversal, Trump says he won't disband coronavirus task force MORE (R-Mich.) decided to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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 BarrIt wasn't just religious liberty that Chief Justice Roberts strangled The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Trump says he will designate antifa a terrorist organization MORE of “deliberately misrepresenting” special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 McCarthyTop GOP lawmakers invite Blue Dogs to meet with China Task Force over coronavirus probe Key races to watch in Tuesday's primaries Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers 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