Amash responds to Trump calling him a loser

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (R-Mich) declined to return fire on Monday when a reporter asked his thoughts on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE calling him a "loser," saying simply: "OK."

The conservative lawmaker's comment comes as part of an ongoing back-and-forth with the president, which started over the weekend when Amash tweeted why he believes Trump committed "impeachable offenses." 

Amash's comments made him the first congressional Republican to call for impeachment, and he went farther than many Democrats. He made those comments after reading special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report.


"Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment," he tweeted. 

In response, Trump tweeted that Amash was a "loser" and a "total lightweight." 

"How do you Obstruct when there is no crime and, in fact, the crimes were committed by the other side?" Trump tweeted Sunday. "Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents hands!"

On Monday, Amash doubled down on his comments, prompting Trump to again take a stab at the congressman. 

Following the tweets, a pro-Trump Michigan state lawmaker said Monday that he would challenge Amash in the Republican primary for his House seat. 

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Amash downplayed the challenge, saying, “It’s not serious." 

He also responded to a question as to whether he felt safe in his seat for two more years: “I feel very confident in my district."

Amash's battle with Trump sparked backlash from the conservative House Freedom Caucus, of which he is a founding member. The body voted Monday night to condemn Amash's call for impeachment.