Former Rep. Joe Walsh Launches Primary Challenge To Trump

Clay Curtis
August 25, 2019

When Stephanopoulos pointed out the massive uphill climb Walsh has in front of him in the primary thanks to Trump's overwhelmingly high approval rating within the party, the controversial former congressman argued that conservatives don't have an alternative to the president.

Former Illinois Representative Joe Walsh announced Sunday he'll challenge Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, saying the president is unfit and must be opposed.

Walsh is scheduled to appear on the ABC politics news show "This Week With George Stephanopoulos", Sunday morning.

As it were, ABC's Jon Karl reached out to Trump's team to get their thoughts, and he received a single-word response from the president's re-election campaign.

His campaign slogan: "Be courageous". "It's his poor record that makes him most worthy of a primary challenge", Walsh wrote in a New York Times op-ed this month.

"I helped create Trump".

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He has described himself as an immigration hard-liner and said he would not challenge Trump from the center but from the right and on moral grounds.

Asked to respond to Walsh's criticism of the president and decision to run, Trump's spokesman replied, "Whatever".

Walsh narrowly won a House seat from suburban Chicago in the 2010 tea party wave but lost a 2012 reelection bid and has since hosted a radio talk show. "The country is sick of this guy's tantrum".

According to a Monmouth University poll released last week, 84 percent of Republicans approve of Trump's job performance.

"Most Republican voters are exhausted of the drama, they're exhausted of his BS", Walsh said. "On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump", Walsh tweeted in 2016. At another point, he said radical Muslims are in the U.S.

"We can't take four more years of Donald Trump". On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. "You in?" Walsh later said on Twitter that he was referring to "acts of civil disobedience". "And, and it's hard, but I think that helped create Trump, and I feel responsible for that".

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