By Steffi Cole
I cannot even begin to quantify how many people I have seen accusing Justin Amash of owning a business in China that is being hurt by Trump’s tariffs. This gossip has spread like wildfire!
Did you know:
Justin Amash owns a manufacturing company in China called Dynamic Source International
Instead of supporting American business, he employs Chinese labor
Why isn’t the media talking about this blatant conflict of interest?
Is this why he supports impeachment?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 19, 2019
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) May 20, 2019
"Republican Representative from Michigan Justin Amash’s calls for President Trump’s impeachment may be motivated by his own financial interests in China, it has been revealed."
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 21, 2019
Everything you read from Twitter’s blue checkmark accounts must be true, right? Instead of playing a game of telephone, I prefer to hear things directly from the source. That’s why I went to Justin Amash’s town hall at Grand Rapids Christian High School on May 28th. No topic was off limits.
One attendee asked the question that everyone was dying to know the answer to: “Is it true that you’ve got a factory and you make tools somewhere?”
Finally! The moment of truth!
Amash responded with a smile, “I do not have a factory in China. I own part of our family’s business here in Michigan, so it’s in Wyoming. So, I’m a part shareholder in our family business. Our family business does less than 10 percent of its products from China.” He elaborated that, “the rest of the purchases are United States or primarily Taiwan.”
Amash acknowledged that his “brothers do own a trading company that does business in China.” However, he stated, “I don’t own it.”
Amash didn’t just stop there. “The tariffs actually marginally help our business because our business does so little with China compared to other hand tool companies, we actually marginally benefit from the tariffs. So, my opposition to the tariffs is actually against my interests. If I wanted to benefit, I would encourage the president to continue the tariffs because it actually helps our company in the long-run. But I don’t believe in tariffs. They’re a tax on the American people. If getting rid of the tariffs marginally hurts our business, that’s fine with me because I don’t believe in them. I believe in free markets, free trade, and we need to have more of that. That is a benefit to all Americans.”
If you are thinking perhaps I misheard, there is a livestream of the event for you to watch! He talks about the business and tariffs at 1 hr 15 minutes.
"The tariffs actually marginally help our business," @justinamash says about his family's business, which has been the subject of much rumor-mongering (China!). "But I don't believe in tariffs. They're a tax on the American people….I believe in free markets, and free trade."
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) May 28, 2019
Amash addresses rumors about having a factory in China. He said that is not true. He said he owns part of his family business which does 10% of its business in China. He said he does not believe in tariffs which is why he voted against them.
— Rose White (@rosekellywhite) May 28, 2019
Amash, being a principled man, has held a consistent position on tariffs all along. Let’s take a walk down social media memory lane, shall we?
Umm…no. Tariffs are taxes. And American consumers are the ones who get hit with U.S.-imposed tariffs. The fact that other countries are bad at economics—and harm their own people with tariffs and other protectionist schemes—does not justify our own economic incompetence. https://t.co/Ev5uzBRGFT
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 24, 2018
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) November 29, 2018
To all of you who are continuing to make accusations about Amash, tariffs, and his business in China, the ball is in your court now. I challenge you to show me the evidence. Prove it!