UPDATED 9:23 AM PT — Monday, August 26, 2019
The crowded field of presidential contenders continues to grow, but this time on the Republican side. While appearing on ABC, former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh announced he’s challenging President Trump in the GOP primary.
“We’ve got a guy in the White House that’s unfit, completely unfit,” Walsh claimed. “I’m running because he’s unfit, someone needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative.”
Walsh officially entered politics in 2010 when he was elected to represent a suburban district of Chicago, but he only served one term after being defeated two years later. However, it’s his controversial statements that many remember him for.
In 2017, Walsh took aim at Senator Kamala Harris by claiming the bar was lowered for her because she’s black and a woman. Just one year before, he claimed former President Obama was Muslim and hated Israel.
“That is kind of textbook racism and sexism,” @GStephanopoulos tells 2020 candidate Joe Walsh, pressing him on his previous tweets.
Walsh: “The beauty of what Pres. Trump has done is … he’s made me reflect on some of the things I’ve said in the past” https://t.co/sJO8p3DTEb pic.twitter.com/IPr25v4sN9
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 25, 2019
Despite having a following from his conservative radio show, Walsh doesn’t seem to have the support of his party. Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded to his announcement, saying in part that “Republicans are firmly behind” President Trump and “any effort to challenge him in a primary is bound to go absolutely nowhere.”
Walsh now joins former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld in the GOP primary. However, with a new Gallup poll reporting the president’s approval rating among Republicans is at 88-percent, it appears both Walsh and Weld have a lot of headway to make before clinching the nomination.