Former GOP Congressman Tea Party Conservative & radio show host Joe Walsh announced that he is challenging President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. He declared war on the president in the process as he excoriated and demeaned him in the process.
Many will prefer that we do not elevate the likes of Joe Walsh. I will say more about that at the end of the article.
Joe Walsh excoriates the President
Joe Walsh did not mince his words as he entered the race. He is redefining himself as the brave one who is just doing what many others are quietly happy to watch him do.
"Most of my former colleagues up on the Hill, they agree privately with everything I’m saying," Walsh said. "they're scared to death. They’re -- look, George, this isn't easy to do. I just sat down with you and said I’m going run for president, I'm going the challenge this guy. I'm opening up my life to tweets and attacks. Everything I said and tweeted now, Trump’s going to go after and his bullies are going to after."
But he did not stop there. Walsh says that he believes most of his former colleagues who he has spoken to want the president to lose.
"Here’s what I think most of my former colleagues believe -- they think Trump’s going to lose in November and they want him to lose in November," Walsh said. "And then they think they're done with him and everything can go back to normal. They want Trump gone. They're just afraid to say that he's unfit. Look at this week. If you privately polled every member -- Republican member of Congress."
Walsh then slammed the president for broken promises and attacks.
"He's incompetent. He has no freaking clue what he's doing," Walsh said. "He ran -- he said he was going to build a wall, George. We haven't built a foot of the wall. He said Mexico was going to pay for it. We haven't. He told us trade wars are easy. Tell that to American farmers right now. Tell that to American consumers. President Trump said: I will eliminate the debt in eight years. He's increased it faster than Barack Obama did. … He hasn't governed as a conservative. He's not competent. He doesn't know what he's doing. But, George, the bigger case is this. He's not capable of being decent. He's cruel. He's bigoted. And he's a narcissist. Everything is about him."
During the interview, George challenged Joe Walsh for some of his own bigoted attacks on Obama and others. He apologized for them and said that Trump opened his eyes to his own complicity and wrongdoing. In fact, he was partially responsible for the election of the President.
Stephanopoulos pointed out that challenging a president generally weakens them and causes the other party to lose. Joe Walsh claims he will take responsibility. He said even if he loses his attempt for the nomination, he is not voting for the president. Wash ends with a prescient statement.
"If I'm wrong, it was the right fight, because somebody had to do this," Joe Walsh said. "Again, George, we have somebody in the White House who's not fit to be president. Everybody knows that."
Why are we giving any credence to this former promoter of political and racial hate on President Obama and others as recent as 2017? Because in this case, we must be wise to note that the enemy of our enemy must be our friend against Donald Trump. Many of those indoctrinated on the Right will never bend even a little to hear our well thought out logic. Just because of who Joe Walsh is, he will have the ears of many. So let's use whomever we must, to fight this existential war we must win.