Former GOP Rep Thinks Trump Needs a 2020 Republican Primary Challenger: ‘Enough, Sir’

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) would like to see President Donald Trump ousted by another Republican in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

Walsh penned a scathing op-ed in The New York Times published on Wednesday where he laid out what he believes to be a “strong case” in why the president needs to be faced with a Republican challenger in 2020.

“Enough, sir,” Walsh wrote as a message to Trump.

The former representative — a Tea Party Republican and critic of Trump — noted some of his reasons why he thinks Trump shouldn’t be the Republican candidate in 2020, saying Trump increased the deficit “more than $100 billion year over year” and “abuses the Constitution” with “trade war.”

“At the most basic level, Mr. Trump is unfit for office,” Walsh wrote, adding that Trump’s “lies are so numerous ” and he “can’t be trusted.” He continued with his criticism of the president:

“I didn’t vote for Mr. Trump in 2016 because I liked him. I voted for him because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. Once he was elected, I gave him a fair hearing, and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. But I soon realized that I couldn’t support him because of the danger he poses to the country, especially the division he sows at every chance, […] Republicans should view Mr. Trump as the liability that he is: No matter his flag-hugging, or his military parades, he’s no patriot.”

Walsh said, “He’s reckless on fiscal issues; he’s incompetent on the border; he’s clueless on trade; he misunderstands executive power; and he subverts the rule of law.”

Noting former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is the only Republican trying to challenge Trump thus far, but from the center, Walsh says he’s “hugely disappointed” not to see a “challenge from the right.”

Weld — who has also criticized Trump — previously told IJR that he doesn’t “expect to be welcomed by the Trump organization” and he’s “really not going to try to charm them because that’s not going to happen.”

“I’m going to try to persuade more people to vote in the Republican primaries and to enlarge the electorate so that more young voters vote, so that more suburban women vote, and that would be my path to victory,” he said. “Not suddenly persuading the Republican state committees to change their mind.”

Aside from Weld, the only other Republican so far mulling a presidential bid is former Governor Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), who would focus on spending, as IJR Red reported.

Published in IJR Red


  1. have listen to mr walsh before a glenn beck wanabee

  2. *Generally Confused*Good grief don’t you have a hobby? Hate is often seen as a purely destructive emotion that we would be better off without. You must live a miserable life day after day wondering what President Trump will do to incite a rant. How many minds do you think you have changed? O is just a guess.

    1. “Good grief don’t you have a hobby?” Cherl

      Why, yes, thank you. I do dressage on a magnificent white horse.

  3. “No president has done as much FOR Americans as Mr. Trump has!!!” Trish

    You are confused by your fantasy world.

    1. I believe your handle, “General Confusion”, says it all. I am not the one who is confused.

  4. Not interested in anything Mr. Walsh has to say. No president has done as much FOR Americans as Mr. Trump has!!!

  5. Phyllis, again, you are confusing people like Bonnie with someone who cares about truth or facts.

    1. Join the discussion…You and syphilis are the ones who don’t care about facts and push fake news and all manner of lies that fit your agenda………POWER!!!!

  6. Bye bye Mr Walsh. Who even knows or cares who you are or were. Just jealous because you r totally irrelevant. Honestly I have never even heard of you. Must have been a rock star in Congress…lol

    1. You would have loved Joe. He repeatedly spouted his concern with the national debt accrued during the Great Recession as an unfair burden on his children even after his ex-wife sued him for over $117,000 in back child support. When he was running for re-election, he claimed his opponent was using her Iraq war injuries to get elected. Then a few months ago Rush Limbaugh let the cat out of the bag. R’s never cared about fiscal responsibility, it was just talk. HOW did you miss the Tea Party and Joe Walsh? I would not call him a rock star, but the Tea Party supporters LOVED HIM. I would just call him a “piece of work.” He was a staple on FOX News.

      1. Join the discussion…You can stop posting now syphilis as you are irrelevant.

  7. So we should let China continue to steal from us and break their promises have unequal trade and the deficits was a inherent from Obama so that was up from Obama ohh yeah giving Iran 1.7 billion dollars to not make weapons ha ha they did and took the money

    1. Bonnie, 1. Could you tell me what page of JCPOA you are finding a 1.7 billion payment to Iran to not make nuclear weapons? THE MONEY WAS THEIRS! Partial repayment was made by GHW Bush and when the balance was not paid, IRAN SUED and WON! It was never OUR money. 3. Joe Walsh is not saying that the U.S. should NOT address the issue of theft of intellectual property–as are MOST Republicans, he is saying tariffs is NOT the way to successfully address it. 4. The trade deficit with China is HIGHER than Trump inherited from Obama—2019 deficit is HIGHER than 2018!! 5. I do not share your belief that Iran threatening to restart their nuclear program is a laughing matter.

  8. Hmmm. Well, we can think of it another way. If there was a primary challenger, then there would need to be 2 or 3 televised debates. Trump could use this prime time to explain to the nation what his plans are to Keep America Great & a constitutional Republic. It would be a lot of free advertising. So maybe a “challenger”, especially a planted one, would be a good idea.

      1. Join the discussion…Intelligence would be a good change on your part syphilis.

  9. What can he do that Trump hasn’t done , our economy is awesome and the unemployment numbers are super good , he sounds like a Democrat

  10. Mr . Walsh, have you ever wondered why President Trump is the most successful President We have had since Reagan , and why you’re no longer in congress?

  11. Trump has done more in 3 years than all the Democrat candidates have done in all the years they’ve been in politics. Bwhahahahahahahaha how do you like him now?

  12. The key word here is FORMER Rep ! I’ll tell you what Trump did that the Democunts don’t like. He opened everyone’s eyes to the lying, behind your back corruption going on in Washington today. We wouldn’t know shit if Piggery would have been elected and he’s the only thing keeping this country from being another 3rd world country. I voted for Trump to keep these lying thieves out and so far he’s doing his best. Trump 2020 and the rest can kiss my ass!

  13. Joe Walsh we are keeping our President so please keep your advice to your children and the rest of your family, we are well pleased with our wonderful and extraordinary President.

  14. OMG! The swamp doesn’t want the President Re-elected! I guess we should all start looking for another candidate that will keep his promises and try to make America great again. Not.

  15. Politicians do not like anyone that speak the truth
    If trump lies as much as they say, they would love him Come on now let’s be honest

  16. He put the country in debt??? Believe it was the democrats that wanted to print more money and raise the debt ceiling not him. Shw me one President that has not lied about something. Unfit for office because he speaks his mind? we at least know where he stands on things and does any one really know how to run the country? Best one we had was JFK and he was not without his flaws as well. Frankly I like having a president that don’t let people or other countries walk all over us, Fresh air since bam always apologizing to other countries for what he saw as Americas wrongs . America is not perfect and we need a President that is trying to make it better. We do not need a career politician in that office we need someone who loves the country and her people. One who is not going to kiss the democrats and liberals ass. We need someone with a backbone to stand up and say enough is enough.. =

  17. Just don’t let a Democrat get elected!

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