Tea Party Republican and former IL congressman Joe Walsh is considering a primary challenge against President Donald Trump, and the now-talk radio host says if he does announce a run, "it's going to be before Labor Day".
"I'm strongly, strongly considering it", the former IL congressman-turned-radio host told CNN's John Berman on "New Day". "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".
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No sitting president who wanted his party's nomination for a second term has failed to get it in the modern primary system, though Lyndon Johnson dropped out in 1968 rather than risk losing. "These are urgent times", said Walsh, who last week apologized for his role in helping elect an "unfit con man".
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Walsh said his possible presidential run would take aim at Trump's character, launching attacks that Walsh said other Republicans would not make. "The fact that he was a Tea Party congressman who voted for Trump in 2016 gives him an ability to speak to Republican primary voters that "Never Trumpers" like me don't have". His support for the President changed, he said, after Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, previous year in which he sided with the Russian strongman over his own intelligence community's assessments of interference in the 2016 election.
Calling Trump a "horrible human being", Walsh said the president was setting a poor example for children with his divisive rhetoric.
Currently, only former MA governor Bill Weld has officially declared he is running for the Republican nomination for president.