President Donald Trump now has one fewer 2020 challenger.
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), the man who was looking to challenge President Trump in the Republican primary, has decided to drop out.
It’s over — although it never really began
Walsh’s decision to call it quits comes after this week’s primary in Iowa, where he received 1% of the vote. With Trump getting 97% of the vote, it seems that Walsh was hit with an overwhelming reality check.
On CNN’s New Day Friday, Walsh announced, “I am ending my candidacy for president of the United States.”
It appears that it is back to his radio talk-show gig for Walsh. But he certainly didn’t depart quietly.
Walsh, who gained notoriety back in 2010 back when he and his Republican colleagues took control of the House, is not a “never-Trumper,” Instead, he slowly soured on Trump until last year when he announced his campaign, saying:
We have someone in the White House who we all know is unfit. Someone who lies virtually every time he opens his mouth and someone who places his own interest above the nation’s interest at every single turn. We cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump. No way.
This same sort of rhetoric continued on CNN — where else? — on Friday.
“I got into this because I thought it was really important that there was a Republican — a Republican — out there every day calling out this president for how unfit he is,” Walsh said. “It’s Trump’s party. It’s not a party, it’s a cult.”
In fact, Walsh is now so opposed to President Trump that he said he would even back a socialist over him. “I would rather have, John Berman, a socialist in the White House than a dictator, than a king, than Donald Trump,” he said.
Accordingly, Walsh added that he will be backing the Democratic party’s eventual candidate.
With Walsh gone, there is now only one more individual challenging Trump on the Republican side — Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts. In the Iowa primary, Weld received 1.3% of the vote, which earned him one delegate.
President Trump certainly seems to have the overwhelming support of his party, and for good reason. While so-called Republicans like Walsh and Mitt Romney are throwing their lot in with Democrats and socialists, Trump is getting things done — and holding back the relentless push from the left. Just this week, the White House promised to stop yet another job-killing, union-funded, Democrat-led attack on the right to be self-employed. That’s the kind of leadership conservatives are looking for — not more preening from the likes of Walsh and Romney.