Ex-GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Reportedly Set to Announce Primary Challenge to Trump
23 August, 2019, 21:53
Former Rep. Joe Walsh says he is likely to mount a primary challenge against President Donald Trump in the coming days, an uphill bid for the nomination with Republican leaders and the party's base firmly behind the president.
According to Politico, sources close to Walsh said he plans to announce this weekend. "I've told you before - if somebody's going to get in there and go after him ... it's got to be done soon", Walsh told CNN's John Berman on "New Day". Walsh lost the seat to Democrat Tammy Duckworth in 2012 by 10%. "I've been really surprised by the amount of anxiousness from people across the spectrum who want this president to have a challenge, because there's just a real concern that he's absolutely unfit".
A new poll from AP-NORC of 1,058 adults finds that President Trump's approval rating has dropped to 36%, and more importantly, his disapproval rating has rocketed to 62%-the highest it's been since mid-January. The Republican National Committee is working on his reelection race and has a joint fundraising committee with his campaign that has raised over $100 million.
Mr. Trump already has one official challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, but he is running against Mr. Trump from his left, not the path Mr. Walsh is likely to take, one prominent Republican Trump critic told the Times.
On Thursday's broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom", Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) stated that President Trump has done a good job getting union and rural votes, but he has a "real problem" with suburban women because "some of his rhetoric and his tone has turned off traditionally Republican-voting suburban women who are looking for another candidate".
For example, in 1992 Pat Buchanan's primary challenge against sitting President George H.W. Bush led to the 41st president losing the White House to then-governor Bill Clinton.