Joe Walsh, former Congressman and one-time Trump supporter, is challenging Trump in the Republican primary for President. Walsh has been an outspoken critic of Trump and called the President “unfit” on Twitter in announcing his decision to run.
He routinely criticizes Trump on Twitter and calls the President a liar and only out for himself. What Walsh is likely hoping for is that some Trump voters who voted for the President in 2016, like Walsh, have become disillusioned with him and will back his campaign to weaken Trump.
There aren’t many scenarios where Trump will lose against Walsh, unless Trump decides not to seek reelection, and there’s likely hope from many Democrats that Walsh is able to make enough noise to make the President seem weak.
But even with Walsh running as the antithesis of Trump, the two men are almost the same. Trump is just richer. Walsh called Obama a Muslim and helped push the birther conspiracy theories against him. To atone for his political sins, he went on ABC News’ “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos to apologize for calling Obama a Muslim, and for creating Trump.
He helped create the blueprint for Trump, and now it seems that he wants to destroy before it gets too far out of hand.
On the surface it seems that Walsh wants to save the country from another four years of Trump, but looking at Walsh’s history, it seems that he may be jealous that Trump beat him at his own game. During an appearance on Sasha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series Who Is America?, Walsh said that preschoolers should be armed in response to a rash of school shootings. If that’s not Trump, I’m not sure what is.
Walsh’s candidacy will likely flame out in 2020 just as his varied runs for office. But if 2016 taught us anything about politics, it’s that sometimes the unlikely is the most probably outcome.