Michigan congressman becomes latest anti-Trump Republican to retire

Michigan Rep. Fred Upton was one of 10 House Republicans who voted last year to impeach former President Donald Trump.

According to Breitbart, Upton just became the latest member of that group to announce that he’s stepping down. 

Four anti-Trump Republicans will not be seeking reelection

“My district was cut like Zorro — three different ways,” Upton was quoted by Politico as telling reporters on Tuesday. “So I’ve been here 36 years. When I first ran, I thought I’d be here 10.”

“I got a lot of unfinished business that I’m going to be working on now,” he continued before adding, “But no, this was our decision, independent of what I did with Trump.”

Politico noted that Upton was set to face a primary challenge against Rep. Bill Huizenga following his state’s redistricting. Huizenga was endorsed by Trump after an earlier challenger dropped out.

For his part, the former president released a statement celebrating Upton’s departure as the fourth retirement by one of his adversaries. It read, “UPTON QUITS! 4 down and 6 to go. Others losing badly, who’s next?”

Breitbart noted that in addition to Upton, New York Rep. John Katko, Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger have announced their impending departure as well.

Trump supports primary challengers in South Carolina and Wyoming

Trump has also worked to unseat South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney. Breitbart reported last month that Trump lashed out at Rice during a rally in South Carolina, calling the congressman “a disaster.”

“Tom Rice joined the Democrats’ deranged impeachment witch hunt hoax, it’s all turned out to be a hoax,” Trump declared.

The former president went on to complain that Rice had  “parroted their lies” while giving “aid and comfort to their weaponization of the national security state against the domestic political opponents.”

For her part, Cheney is being challenged by attorney Harriet Hageman. In addition to being endorsed by Trump, she has also received an endorsement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

“The most successful Representatives in Congress focus on the needs of their constituents, and throughout her career, Harriet has championed America’s natural resources and helped the people of Wyoming reject burdensome and onerous government overreach,” CBS News quoted McCarthy as saying in February.

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