On Sunday, August 25, former Representative, Joe Walsh, interviewed with ABC This Week anchor, George Stephanopoulos, in which he announced his Republican candidacy for President of the United States for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. Walsh, a 2-year member of congress (2011-2013) from the 8th district of Illinois, attacked President Trump’s record and action and offered that our nation’s commander-in-chief has alienated Republicans.
“I’m running because he’s unfit, somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative. The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum, he’s a child,” Joe Walsh tells @GStephanopoulos when asked about GOP support for Trump https://t.co/1vCZYYzn2S pic.twitter.com/yE9PRwKtn8
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 25, 2019
During his interview with Stephanopoulos, Walsh, a past member of the Tea Party and a previously colorful critic of the Obama Administration, attacked President Trump’s character, labeling him as a child and “unfit for the office of the Presidency.” Additionally, as baited by Stephanopoulos, Walsh routinely identified Trump as a “bigot, and racist;” however, Walsh is no stranger to using racist comments of his own, particularly against Obama, and underperforming Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris.
During one exchange, Stephanopoulos pushed back and pointed out a few racial attacks used by Walsh, including calling Obama a Muslim, and enemy and a traitor, as a recently as August 2017, tweeting “Senator Kamala Harris said something really dumb. Meh. If you’re black and a woman, you can say dumb things. Lowered bar.” Before ending his interview, Joe Walsh offered an apology for his past racist comments, even going so far as to state that “he helped create Trump and an atmosphere whereby racist comments are an “acceptable” form of political practice.
While Stephanopoulos may have reluctantly “bought-into” Walsh’s “Racist-180,” the Liberty Loft sheds a little more clarity on just some of the social media commentary by the new “apologetic acolyte of the Republican Party.”
Walsh was a huge Trump supporter before the 2016 Presidential Election. On October 24, 2016, Walsh wrote on Twitter, “On November 8, I’m voting for Trump. On November 9, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket.” What a far cry from Sunday’s interview with ABC, whereby when asked by Stephanopoulos if his presidential bid was unsuccessful; Walsh stated that he would not vote or endorse Trump, but rather, would immediately caucus with House and Senate Democrats to bring about radical political change.
So, what truly is Walsh’s Agenda? Does a “lame duck, 2-bit, 2-year term, House Bigot” really stand a chance in unseating an incumbent president? After all, in no time in American history has an incumbent president running for reelection ever lost to a primary challenger. Although, Gerald Ford came very close to losing to Reagan in 1976, and Kennedy gave Carter an “all he could handle fight” in 1980. What’s Walsh’s fascination? Is there something more sinister here – or, does the “born again Bigot” really believe that Republicans will buy into his “Topple-Trump” platform.
Despite “Mean Joe Walsh” and his colorful coat sleeved in racist and sexist comments, his political experience mirrors that of a mediocre high school student government. Updated vending machines and closer senior class parking would have been more of an accomplishment than what Walsh relished in his 2-years in the House of Representatives before getting beat by a minority woman (his arch-nemesis) in his 2012 failed reelection.
In his dumbfounded criticism on Sunday, Walsh stated that he would gain strength in Iowa; a state that Donald Trump won with 51.1%, the most significant margin of any Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1980. Walsh appears to be all over the map, from his racist attacks on women and minorities to his baseless bigotry and “washed-up Walshisms.” With the Tea Party trashed and Trump controlling the Republican base by unmatched measure, the only harm that could come about with Walsh entering the political primary would be driving independent voters across the fence to “the other side.” However, no matter Joe Walsh’s true intentions, Trump touts the best economy in recent modern American history, while “Washed Up, Wayward Walsh” brings Bombshell Bigotry and Has-been Politics, both of which America will pass on come 2020.