Tea Party Ex Congressman Joe Walsh To Run Against Trump As Republican

  
Via:  john-russell  •  one month ago  •  24 comments

Tea Party Ex Congressman Joe Walsh To Run Against Trump As Republican
In an op-ed for the paper last week, Walsh called Trump’s trade war “narcissistic” and denounced him for his racism, constant lying, and running up the national debt, a favorite Republican issue of yore. He also expressed regret for some of his past comments, including the one about Obama’s religion.

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Joe Walsh, the impetuous former Republican congressman, will announce a beyond-long-shot primary bid against President Trump in the coming days,  the New York  Times  reports .

Walsh, who was elected out of Illinois as part of the Tea Party wave of 2010, then ousted by Democrat Tammy Duckworth two years later, made his name as a loud adversary of President Obama (while gaining some personal notoriety on the left for his  inability to make child-care payments ). In the years since his defeat, Walsh has remained semi-prominent, sounding off on social media, hosting a conservative talk-radio show, and popping up now and again with an  inflammatory comment or two , like the time he labeled President Obama a Muslim in 2016.

Walsh was initially warm to Donald Trump — he memorably  promised an armed insurrection  if Trump lost in 2016. But since then, he has become a critic of the president, hitting his breaking point last year. “[Trump] lost me for good in Helsinki, when he stood in front of the world and said, ‘I believe Putin and I don’t believe my fellow Americans,’” he told the  Times .

In an  op-ed for the paper  last week, Walsh called Trump’s trade war “narcissistic” and denounced him for his racism, constant lying, and running up the national debt, a favorite Republican issue of yore. He also expressed regret for some of his past comments, including the one about Obama’s religion.

Joining Walsh on his quixotic mission is Bill Kristol, a onetime mighty Republican figure who has become an avatar of GOP Establishment impotence in the face of Trump’s party takeover.

Kristol and Walsh both argue that Walsh possesses the conservative bona fides that the only other primary challenger to Trump thus far —  former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld  — lacks. This is undoubtedly true. It’s also true that some previous primary candidates have found some  success against weak incumbents ; think Ronald Reagan in 1976 or Pat Buchanan in 1992.

The problem for Walsh is that Trump is extremely popular with Republicans — his approval rating among Republicans  hovers in the high 80s  — and there’s little evidence that his popularity has much to do with his strict adherence to the conservative economic ideals that (supposedly) animated the Tea Party. Walsh may have been part of the Zeitgeist ten years ago, but as  many Republicans who have crossed Trump and paid an electoral price  can tell you, cutting spending is out and loyalty tests are in. Good luck, Joe.

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

The first contender to bop Trump has stepped up to the plate. Multiple reports have it that Walsh will announce his candidacy over the weekend. 

While he surely wont dethrone Trump for the GOP nomination, Walsh is a very good talker and obviously has loads of ammunition. It will be interesting to see how far he wants to take the Trump bashing within the Republican Party. 

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

If Walsh wins does he immediately become a racist homophobic white nationalist.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  MUVA @1.1    one month ago

Nah..he's always been one.

 
 
 
devangelical
1.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1.1    one month ago

... and a deadbeat dad.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1.1    one month ago

I'm just looking forward to whatever number of Republicans eventually come forward to run driving Trump nuts. It is inevitable. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @1.1.2    one month ago

Yes, the republicans are not sending us their best . . . 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.5  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.3    one month ago

2020 is going to a demented dog and pony show.  That is for sure.

 
 
 
Ronin2
1.1.6  Ronin2  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.4    one month ago

And the Democrats are?

 
 
 
pat wilson
1.1.7  pat wilson  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.4    one month ago

Flake or Kasich could pull it off, Walsh doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell. Too much baggage. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.8  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  pat wilson @1.1.7    one month ago

Walsh, or someone else , may not need much money to get their point across. Anyone challenging Trump will get a lot of free tv face time. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.9  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @1.1.6    one month ago

A lot of these folks I never heard of so I'm not going along with your usual tit for tat shit Ronin.  

Although I think the democratic candidates need to stop throwing each other under the bus.  Stop talking about this 'president'.  State what their policies are and what they hope to do.  I think they need to get together and talk seriously about paring down how many are running for President and a lot of them need to drop out of the race.  There are two damned many.  It's ridiculous.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1.11  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @1.1.2    one month ago
and a deadbeat dad.

True. He has more working against him than for him to give him even a melted snowball's chance to win. But, it would behoove the Republicans to run a viable opponent against Trump. While Trump is their puppet at this point, those with even a modicum of intelligence know that Trump's time is running out. He is just too wild haired and totally unpredictable to try to control much longer.

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.12  MUVA  replied to  Raven Wing @1.1.1    one month ago

The question is is he a bigger racist than Trump?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1.13  Raven Wing  replied to  MUVA @1.1.12    one month ago
The question is is he a bigger racist than Trump?

No way. Trump takes the blue ribbon as a racist. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

Don't be surprised if ex-Ohio governor John Kasich gets into the Republican race as well. He is exploring the waters in New Hampshire and in a tv interview sounded like he may be leaning toward it. 

 
 
 
devangelical
2.1  devangelical  replied to  JohnRussell @2    one month ago

it's a longshot, but a smart move by JK that shows forward thinking on his part. current POS/POTUS has 14 months to fuck things up for the GOP and the odds on that look better all the time.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @2.1    one month ago
Democrats in love with Walsh now because he is anti Trump.

Agree. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago
Joe Walsh : 

I didn’t vote for Mr. Trump in 2016 because I liked him. I voted for him because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. Once he was elected, I gave him a fair hearing, and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. But I soon realized that I couldn’t support him because of the danger he poses to the country, especially the division he sows at every chance, culminating a few weeks ago in his ugly, racist attack on four minority congresswomen.

The fact is, Mr. Trump is a racial arsonist who encourages bigotry and xenophobia to rouse his base and advance his electoral prospects. In this, he inspires  imitators .

Republicans should view Mr. Trump as the liability that he is: No matter his  flag-hugging , or his military parades, he’s no patriot. In front of the world, he sides with Vladimir Putin over our own intelligence community. That’s dangerous. He encouraged Russian interference in the 2016 election, and he refuses to take foreign threats seriously as we enter the 2020 election. That’s reckless. For three years, he has been at war with our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as he embraces tyrants abroad and embarrasses our allies. That’s un-American.

And despite what his enablers claim, Mr. Trump isn’t a conservative. He’s reckless on fiscal issues; he’s incompetent on the border; he’s clueless on trade; he misunderstands executive power; and he subverts the rule of law. It’s his poor record that makes him most worthy of a primary challenge.
Mr. Trump has taken the legitimate differences that Americans have on policy and turned them into personal division. He’s caused me to change my tone and to reflect upon where I went over the line and to focus on policy differences moving forward. We now have a president who retweets conspiracy theories implicating his political opponents in Jeffrey Epstein’s death. We now have a president who does his level best to avoid condemning white supremacy and white nationalism.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/14/opinion/joe-walsh-trump-primary.html
 
 
 
Ronin2
3.1  Ronin2  replied to  JohnRussell @3    one month ago

Democrats in love with Walsh now because he is anti Trump.

Even if the Republicans put forward a candidate that can defeat Trump in the primaries, the Democrats and their media lap dogs will label them a far right wing racist, religious bigot, traitor. (They might even throw in the new dog whistle of being Putin's lap dog).

Look no further than the way Bush Sr, Jr, McCain, and Romney were treated.

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.2  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @3    one month ago

It is still too much, too little, too late for Walsh.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Tessylo @3.2    one month ago
It is still too much, too little, too late for Walsh

I think Walsh knows that he does not have the slightest chance of winning, but, putting Trump in the fish bowl with an opponent will be worth watching. 

Let the circus begin. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
4  r.t..b...    one month ago

He won't be allowed a sniff by the GOP powers-that-be.  Do you really expect trump to sit it on a primary debate? Even if 'scheduled', he'll belittle the process and say that his opponent isn't worthy of the time. The party will squelch any and all opposition...to their shame. Every candidate for every seat should face a primary opponent...but admittedly, that will never happen as currently orchestrated.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
4.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  r.t..b... @4    one month ago

Joe Walsh is basically a bomb thrower.  How far will he take attacks on Trump? That will probably determine whether he has any impact at all. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    4 weeks ago

Walsh's bombs will be like peas compared to the attacks Trump will unleash....on everyone.

 
 
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