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Former GOP Rep Joe Walsh Prepares A Primary Challenge To Trump

Chris White on August 22, 2019

Never Trump Republican writer and pundit Bill Kristol is pushing former Republican Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh to run against President Donald Trump in 2020, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Kristol believes Walsh, a Tea Party conservative who supported Trump in 2016, can appeal to reluctant GOP voters who might be open to another option. Walsh, who says he is now a die-hard opponent of the president, has a long history on Twitter of questioning former President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

“He 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,’” Walsh said of the president’s July press conference in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said at the time that he did not “see any reason why” Russia would intervene in the U.S. 2016 election.

Kristol, the former editor of the now defunct magazine The Weekly Standard, has been a so-called Never Trump Republican since Trump was elected and has worked ever since to find candidates to run against the president. He pushed Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to take on Trump before the Republican dropped the idea in June.

Walsh, who told the NYT that Trump is a “racial arsonist,” posted several tweets throughout the past five years railing against former President Barack Obama. He posted a tweet in February 2016 in which he called the former president a Muslim. Walsh posted several tweets along those lines.

“For better or worse, I’m not afraid to say it publicly. I think Obama is Muslim. I think in his head and in his heart he has always been,” the former Illinois congressman told his Twitter followers in a December 2016 post. Kristol has not responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment through Republicans for the Rule of Law, a group helped found.

Republican supporters of Trump, meanwhile, say Walsh doesn’t stand a chance. Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Trump’s re-election campaign, told reporters that Walsh’s venture would end in “certain failure.”

Trump’s approval rating among Republicans hovers between 80 and 85 percent, recent polls show. Walsh has not responded to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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  • I used to Listen to him on the Radio...Too much of a Nanny, Nanny Boo Hoo. . He went Never Trumper, and Lost me... Trying to get a Morning Joe Show I Figure over on pMSNBC.

  • Bill Kristol is truly a low life POS and a punk. Romney and Kristol would make a great tag team. Both are specialist in back stabbing their colleagues and helping out the enemy. But, none the less, I hope Trump uses back-stabbing Walsh to rub Billy Kristol's face into a bucket of cow sheet and tell him what a girlie punk he really is on National Television. That should pretty much finish the washed up Kristol. You talk about a conniving worm!

  • Bill Kristol is truly a low life POS and a punk. Romney and Kristol would make a great tag team. Both are specialist in back stabbing their colleagues and helping out the enemy. But, none the less, I hope Trump uses back-stabbing Walsh to rub Billy Kristol's face into a bucket of cow sheet and tell him what a girlie punk he really is on National Television. That should pretty much finish the washed up Kristol. You talk about a conniving worm!

  • Walsh is a nut case and even the never trumpers will see right through the scam. He don't stand a chance.

  • Walsh is a nut case and even the never trumpers will see right through the scam. He don't stand a chance.

  • TRUMP 2020 ALL THE WAY, KEEPING AMERICA GREAT!!! GOD BLESS TRUMP AND HIS FAMILY AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

  • And what if this LOON should actually SUCCEED in taking the nomination away from Pres. Trump--however unlikely that might be? Does ANYBODY believe he would WIN? If the answer is NO, then all he would succeed in doing is putting one of the wild-eyed Leftist LOONS running on the Dem ticket into the White House!

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