President Donald Trump hopped into the ring to take a few shots at the members of his party who have announced they are running against him in the 2020 presidential election.
In a pair of tweets published Tuesday night, the president took aim at the two Republicans who are challenging him in 2020 — former Governor Bill Weld (R-Mass.) and former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) — as well as former Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who is mulling a White House run.
Dubbing the trio the “Three Stooges,” Trump claimed a high approval rating amongst Republicans and got personal with each of the three former officials, proclaiming that he “should be able to take them.”
“Can you believe it? I’m at 94% approval in the Republican Party, and have Three Stooges running against me. One is “Mr. Appalachian Trail” who was actually in Argentina for bad reasons.
Another is a one-time BAD Congressman from Illinois who lost in his second term by a landslide, then failed in radio. The third is a man who couldn’t stand up straight while receiving an award. I should be able to take them!”
….Another is a one-time BAD Congressman from Illinois who lost in his second term by a landslide, then failed in radio. The third is a man who couldn’t stand up straight while receiving an award. I should be able to take them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that the president had an 87 percent approval rating among Republicans.
The president was referring to when Weld collapsed at a college commencement event in 1996, where the then-governor fell unconscious after receiving an honorary law doctorate. He was slated to speak during the commencement.
Trump’s bashing of Sanford was pointed toward his 2009 extramarital affair with a “dear, dear friend from Argentina.” The then-governor’s staff had told the press that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail when the affair occurred in South America.
With Walsh, the president hammered the former congressman for losing to now-Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) by just over nine points in 2012 and for recently being fired from his conservative radio show.
Walsh responded to Trump’s tweet with his own, saying that he “wouldn’t have known” about the post about him if the president had blocked his team on Twitter. Walsh then promised that, as president, he would not “block the American people on Twitter.”
“He’s nuts,” added the Illinois Republican before directing people to his campaign website.