“I voted for Trump in 2016, but only because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton.” These were the words of former Republican representative Joe Walsh as he calls for a primary challenger to go against current US President Donald Trump in 2020.
Walsh is now in the process of apologizing for his past controversial statements and his role in pushing “an unfit con man” to the presidential seat.
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In his interview last Thursday on CNN’s “New Day," Walsh calls for his Republican cohorts to stand up and challenge the president, saying that he is bad both for the party and the country. “We’re going to get wiped out in 2020” Walsh echoed his recent op-ed published by the New York Times on the interview.
Now a conservative radio host, Walsh confessed that he voted for Trump in the 2016 elections only because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. It was during Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, 2018, where he sided with the controversial Russian dictator instead of his own country, that Trump lost Walsh’s support.
In his op-ed, Walsh writes "I’m on the right, and I'm hugely disappointed that challenge hasn't yet materialized."
In his interview with John Berman, Walsh confesses that he knows that a lot of good people are thinking of challenging Trump, without naming names, of course. He continues on emphasizing that this has got to be a moral case and a mission.
“This guy [Trump] is unfit to be president”
He argues that Republicans need to make a stand. Enough is enough, “somebody has to break that impasse.”
Walsh claims that Trump is a “racial arsonist who encourages bigotry and xenophobia to rouse his base and advance his electoral prospects.”
Of course, Walsh is known for his history of making controversial comments. However, this time, he is apologizing for the role he has played.
"The country was divided before Trump that's why we got Trump. I was at the head of that divide talking about and pushing ideas I believed in" Walsh continued, "I was pushing ideas that I believed in. I've been very outspoken. Oftentimes, I stepped over the line."
Walsh reflected on this, making him realize "how ugly our side, both sides, Republican and Democratic parties, can get, but how ugly I’ve been."
He promises to no longer engage in personal attacks and focus on the policy differences from now on.