A former Republican congressman said he is “strongly, strongly considering” a primary run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
During an interview with CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday, former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) — a Tea Party Republican who served one term in the House before being ousted by now-Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) — was asked by host John Berman if he’s going to run against the president in 2020.
Walsh said that he was “strongly, strongly considering it” and that if a person were going to challenge Trump in the primary, they would need to do it “soon.”
“I’m strongly, strongly considering it,” said the former congressman. “[…] If somebody’s going to get in there and go after him, John, it’s got to be done soon. You’re running out of time.”
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Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh says he is “strongly, strongly considering” launching a presidential bid to challenge Trump in 2020.
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The Illinois Republican continued on to claim that the U.S. was in “urgent times.”
“But more importantly: these are not conventional times, look at the guy in the White House,” said Walsh. “These are urgent times. Somebody needs to make that case. I have yet to hear any potential Republican make that case.”
Walsh was then asked “why wouldn’t” he mount a primary challenge against the president “at this point” based on how strong his feelings were toward Trump.
The Illinois Republican said that “may” run for the Oval Office against the president and that if he did mount a challenge, he would “do it soon.”
“I may,” replied Walsh. “I just don’t know yet, John. I don’t know yet. But it’s got to be done soon, and if I do it, I will do it soon.”
Walsh was then asked why it was “important” that he be the “kind of guy” that can “punch” Trump “rhetorically.”
The former congressman responded to by calling Trump a “bully” and a “coward” and proclaiming that he would “punch him” because the “only way to beat a bully” is to do so.
“Trump’s a bully. And he’s a coward,” said Walsh. “And the only way that you beat a bully and beat a coward is to expose them, is to punch them. […] I’d punch him every single day.”
Currently, the president is facing one potential Republican primary challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld (R). However; former Governor Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) is mulling a run, as well.