Former Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh considering the Republican presidential nomination

by Business Insider
August 22, 2019

Joe Walsh, a former Tea Party congressman and current conservative radio personality, is considering challenging President Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination, according to a New York Times report. His announcement may come as soon as this weekend.

Walsh recently emerged as a critic of the president, though he initially tweeted his support for then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election. “On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump,” Walsh tweeted in 2016. “On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket. You in?”

However, last week he wrote a New York Times op-ed saying, “In Mr. Trump, I see the worst and ugliest iteration of views I expressed for the better part of a decade.” He told CNN the next day that Trump was “unfit to be president.”

The Republican base, however, may not be receptive to a GOP challenger to Trump: an August Gallup survey found that 88% of the party approve of Trump’s performance.

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