Former GOP congressman Joe Walsh announced on Sunday that he would be challenging President Donald Trump in the Republican primaries before the 2020 election.
He also hammered the President on other various topics.
“I’m running because he’s unfit; somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative,” Walsh said. “The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum — he’s a child.”
Walsh also claimed responsibility for helping to “create Trump.”
“I helped create Trump,” he said to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “I feel responsible for that.”
Walsh continued to say that President Trump was “tweeting us into a recession” and also cautioned that “he’ll tweet us into war.”
So what does the Trump campaign think about this development?
After Walsh announced his run for president, the campaign responded to Jon Karl of ABC News with one single word.
“Whatever,” they said.
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Karl also added, “The president’s hold on the Republican Party is as strong as it has ever been. In fact, he is by far the most popular Republican figure among Republicans in the country. There’s really no indication that he has any vulnerability whatsoever to a primary challenge.”
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Walsh would indeed face an uphill climb to defeating Trump. According to a slew of polling data, Trump has anywhere between 84 percent to 88 percent approval ratings among members of his own party — although his recent assertions tweeted out on Friday, in which the president said he had a 94 percent approval rating among Republicans, could not be verified, the Washington Post reported.
Although Trump has a storied history of gaffes and miscues as president, Walsh is not without his own set of controversies. He pushed conspiracy theories against former President Barack Obama as a lawmaker in Congress, for instance, alleging the former commander-in-chief wasn’t a citizen at one point.
Walsh earlier this year expressed remorse for his role in promulgating the “birtherism” conspiracy theory, HuffPost reported, which Trump also promoted before deciding to run for president in 2015. Trump has not yet apologized for his role in pushing birtherism.
Earlier last week, Walsh hinted that he may run against President Trump.
“I’m strongly, strongly considering it. That’s — again, I’m not trying to be cute or coy. I’ve told you before — if somebody’s going to get in there and go after him … it’s got to be done soon,” the never-Trumper said while talking to CNN.
“You’re running out of time. But more importantly, these are not conventional times. Look at the guy in the White House. These are urgent times,” Walsh said. Just last week he said sorry for helping elect an “unfit con man.”
He also called President Trump a “horrible human being,” who was a poor example to children.
“The only way you primary Donald Trump and beat him is to expose him for the con man he is. And if I did it, John, that’s what I’d do,” he stated, also noting that the “silence” Republicans is “what’s so disappointing.”
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