President Donald Trump called out those who are looking to challenge him in the Republican presidential primary, deeming his competitors the “Three Stooges.”
In an early Monday tweet, Trump knocked his primary challengers, while explicitly calling out Sanford’s controversial past of having an extramarital affair in Argentina. The president said the former congressman’s relationship “with his Flaming Dancer friend” had “sounded like his political career was over.”
After then pointing out Sanford lost his reelection bid in 2018 to a pro-Trump challenger, Trump tweeted, “But now take heart, he is back, and running for President of the United States.”
“The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will give it a go!” Trump wrote.
This isn’t Trump’s first time taking a swing at his primary opponents, as he previously tweeted on August 27, “I should be able to take them!”
…but then he ran for Congress and won, only to lose his re-elect after I Tweeted my endorsement, on Election Day, for his opponent. But now take heart, he is back, and running for President of the United States. The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will give it a go!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019
Over the weekend, the Republican parties in three states — Kansas, South Carolina, and Nevada — made the decision to cancel the nomination contests for the Republican primary in the 2020 election.
Bill Weld: "Beyond a certain point, if they try to cancel all of the primaries, I think it raises the question — what are they scared of?" pic.twitter.com/mBIojwFRIk
— The Hill (@thehill) September 9, 2019
The decision had drawn a response from the GOP challengers, as Weld said, “Beyond a certain point, if they try to cancel all of the primaries, I think it raises the question: What are they scared of?”