Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is a prolific Twitter user. The libertarian Republican has become known for taking fights with his colleagues to the Twitterverse using quick-witted statements that delight his over 60,000 followers.
On Monday, he pondered why President Obama has time to meet with his favorite rappers, but ignores repeated requests from congressmen seeking to discuss crucial issues.
Amash then tweeted a follow-up explaining that he doesn’t have a problem with the fact that Obama met with popular rapper Kendrick Lamar, but suggests that perhaps the president should also make time for arguably more important endeavors.
The surveillance and civil liberties reform issues cited by Amash enjoy bipartisan support. Anti-establishment politicians from both sides of the aisle tend to want NSA reform while those who tow the establishment line often work to expand the agency’s powers.
For example, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are strong advocates of increased bulk data collection and spying by the NSA. On the other hand, Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.) have been leaders in calling for NSA reform.
Amash, who has led the pro-civil liberties charge in the House, wrote that the White House has ignored his repeated requests for a meeting. When he first ran for president, Obama was a critic of Bush-era civil liberties violations. Instead of rolling back the surveillance state however, Obama has repeatedly reinstated the Patriot Act and utilized pro-reform rhetoric that doesn’t reflect his record.
According to James Byrnes at The Hill, the White House did not have an immediate response to Amash.