Former congressman and Tea Party firebrand Joe Walsh is “strongly considering” a primary challenge against President Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination.
Walsh wouldn’t be the only Republican challenger — former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has been running a campaign since February — but the former congressman is weighing a much more aggressive approach to Trump.
“These are not conventional times. Look at the guy in the White House,” Walsh said on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday. “These are urgent times. Somebody needs to make that case. I have yet to hear any potential Republican make that case.”
Walsh’s potential run was first reported by the New York Times late Wednesday. The former congressman told the Times he would make a decision by Labor Day.
Watch the video below, via CNN:
Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh says he is “strongly, strongly considering” launching a presidential bid to challenge Trump in 2020.
— New Day (@NewDay) August 22, 2019
Calling Trump a “bully and a coward,” Walsh told CNN the only way to beat Trump would be to “expose” him.
“The only way you primary Donald Trump and beat him is to expose him for the con man he is. And if I did it, John, that’s what I’d do. I’d punch him every single day.”
Walsh does have one unique pitch to potentially disillusioned Trump supporters — he’s open about the fact that he voted for the president in 2016. The former congressman has since grown disillusioned with Trump and credits the president’s performance at the Helsinki summit with losing his support.
“What’s grown on me since 2016 is this troubling truth: virtually every time he opens his mouth, he lies,” Walsh said on Thursday. “I mean, we’ve never had that before.”