Joe Walsh, former Conservative arsonist from Illinois, told ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that he is launching a long-term Republican main challenge to President Donald Trump.
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"I will compete for the president," said Walsh Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview.
When Stephanopoulos pointed to the massive rise Walsh faces, thanks largely to Trump's overwhelmingly high level of agreement within the party, the controversial former Congressman argued that conservatives should have an alternative to the president.
"I'm running because he's not fit, somebody has to get up and there has to be an alternative, the country is tired of this man's tantrum ̵
Tim Murtaugh, communication director of the Trump campaign, sent ABC News a dismissive response to Walsh, who jumped into the race: "Whatever."
Ronna McDaniel, chairman of the Republican National Committee, told ABC News on Walsh's announcement, "President Trump enjoys unprecedented support among the Republicans and has delivered a long list of incredible achievements for the Conservatives and the country." Republicans stand firm The president and any attempt to challenge him at a primary level will inevitably lead to nothing. "
However, while Walsh argues he intends to impose a moral condemnation of the president, Stephanopoulos asked the former congressman if he was the best person to make that argument against the background of his long history of arson attacks and controversial statements made by the use ranging from racist abduction on Twitter to submit to promoting lies regarding the birth certificate and religion of former President Barack Obama.
"I helped create Trump, and George, that's not easy to say," Walsh told Stephanopoulos. "I went beyond the political and ideational differences and became personal and I became hateful, I said some ugly things about President Obama that I regret."
I carry my soul with you just on national television.We have a man in the White House who has never apologized for anything he did or said.
Stephanopoulos pointed back and pointed a series of Walsh's remarks, including calling Obama a Muslim, enemy and traitor, and tweeting only in August 2017, "Senator Kamala Harris said something really stupid. Meh. If you are black and a woman, you can say stupid things. Bar lowered. "
"This is a kind of textbook racism and sexism," said Stephanopoulos Walsh. The former congressman responded by saying that Trump's term had led him to "think about some of the things I've said in the past."
"Did you really believe in [Obama is] a Muslim?" Asked Stephanopoulos.
"God no, and I apologized for that," Walsh said. "I'm just carrying my soul with you on national television, we have a man in the White House who has never apologized for what he did or said."
When asked, Walsh also told ABC News' chief anchor that the claim of the 25th amendment to dismiss Trump should be "looked at" because "we've never had a situation like this before. You can not believe a word he says. "
During the entire Sunday interview, Walsh used a rough, flammable language to describe the president – he called him" incompetent, "" crazy, "" unpredictable. " , "narcissistic", "bullying", "cowardly". "completely unfit", "disloyal" and "un-American".
Stephanopoulos accused Walsh of the fact that presidents, who in the past faced serious primary challengers, tend to be weakened and lose in the general election.
"Are you ready to take responsibility if you can do well to help in choosing a Democrat that some of your viewers and listeners will say: 'Oh, socialist?'" Asked Stephanopoulos.
"It does not matter, but I'll do what I can," Walsh said in "This Week." "I do not want him to win, the country can not afford to let him win, if I'm not successful, I will not vote for him."
Walsh said his campaign is to focus on New Hampshire and Iowa and be on TV as much as possible, with the hope that his long-shot offer will arrive like wildfire. "And if you are wrong?" Asked Stephanopoulos.
"If I'm wrong, it was the right fight because someone had to do this," Walsh replied.
The former Illinois congressman who became a radio presenter was once an avid Trump supporter who has become a fierce critic of the president. Walsh is only the second Republican to rise in the Premier League behind former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.
Walsh acknowledges that there is little chance that Trump will lose the party nomination because of his candidacy, and he instead focuses on offering GOP voters an alternative vision for the party.
Walsh served only one term in Congress, but his candidacy may bring a more up-to-date figure from conservative circles into the picture than Weld, who held the last public office over 20 years ago. Walsh's nationally syndicated radio program and its large online fan base probably held him more relevant.
The Trump government's recent trade and economic actions, as well as what Walsh's team calls an "incredible response" and a flood of support for Walsh, published last week in the New York Times, have persuaded the conservative radio host jump into the race.
Walsh's team says he will "spend a lot of time" in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire over the coming weeks.