(Tea Party PAC) – When it comes to anti-Trump sentiment, you might think immediately of Democrats, and well you should because they are the ones primarily spewing hatred for our current commander-in-chief and trying to have him impeached.
However, there are still folks on the right who hate Trump just as much as those on the left do. One of those individuals is Joe Walsh. Apparently, Walsh still thinks he’s running against the president in the GOP primary or something of that nature, because he recently attempted to trash Trump at the Iowa GOP caucus and things did not go well for him at all.
Here’s more on this from Gateway Pundit:
Several states are not even holding a primary.
President Trump is the most popular US Republican President in history.
On Monday night at a Republican primary caucus in Iowa Joe Walsh tried to disparage President Trump in front of a crowd of Republicans.
It didn’t go as planned!
Joe Walsh said to the Republican crowd, “If you want four more years of the Donald Trump show…”
The packed house SCREAMED IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP!
Joe Walsh got blown off the floor!
What an arrogant idiot!
This is embarrassing.
Joe Walsh spoke at an Iowa Republican caucus, trying to disparage President @realDonaldTrump,
& the crowd goes wild when he says “If you want 4 more years of the Donald Trump show…”
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) February 4, 2020
Here’s more from HuffPo about Walsh and his vendetta against Trump:
Taking on an incumbent president from your own party is a tough enough job already, but Joe Walsh starts with an even more basic problem.
“Who?” wonders John Randlett, a selectman from Plymouth, New Hampshire, a tiny town 45 miles north of the state capital Concord, and an active-enough Republican to have come to a $100-a-ticket social to raise money for state House Republican candidates. “I never heard of him.”
Even during an appearance on conservative talk radio ― Walsh’s own most recent job ― WGIR host Jack Heath feels compelled to introduce Walsh as “not the musician, but the former congressman.”
If Walsh feels snubbed, he does not show it and instead spends his half-hour doing what he has mainly been doing for the better part of a year, particularly since he announced his longshot campaign to take the 2020 GOP nomination away from President Donald Trump.
“He deserves to be impeached,” Walsh says on-air, remarks that are apostasy for listeners who later in the day will hear from right-wing media stars Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. “Trump tried to cheat in the 2020 election.”
Bill from Maine calls in to complain: “You’re bad-mouthing our president!”
While Heath brought him on, Walsh’s background as one of the original tea party congressmen may not be enough for entree onto the loudest platform for Trump fandom, Fox News ― thereby hurting his ability to boost his name recognition among the likeliest GOP voters in New Hampshire’s Feb. 11 primary. As HuffPost followed him around the state this past week, Walsh said he has been banned from appearing on Fox News programs, where so many Republicans get their information, because he refuses to tone down his criticism of Trump and the network wants to protect the president.
(A Fox News spokesperson denied this in a statement: “A simple Google search would show there is zero truth in these claims made by Joe Walsh.” A cursory Google search, however, appears to corroborate Walsh’s assertion, with no television appearances on the network since a contentious Aug. 30 interview on Fox Business in which he goaded host Stuart Varney into claiming that Trump does not lie.)
At the same time, Walsh knows he has a tough climb to win over Democrats and liberal independents, who might otherwise be persuaded to cast ballots in open primaries like New Hampshire’s, because of his lengthy record of bashing former President Barack Obama, both during Walsh’s single term in Congress and afterward as an AM radio talk show host in Chicago.
In 2015, when a gunman killed four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Walsh accused Obama of refusing to call the act Islamic terrorism because he claimed “Obama is Muslim.” In 2017, he contended that Americans had “lowered the bar” for Obama “to a lower standard cuz he was black.” Two weeks before the 2016 election, Walsh said he would be voting for Trump on Nov. 8 and added, “On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket.”
For months now, Walsh has found himself frequently apologizing for his past incendiary and at times racist remarks. His talk show was on a conservative radio network, and such fodder was what the audience wanted to hear, he says by way of explanation.
“I went after Obama hard. Sometimes I went after Obama too hard,” he says. “I engaged in ugly personal attacks. I’m done doing that.”
The worst, he says, was calling Obama a Muslim ― not because there’s anything wrong with being Muslim, but because since Obama frequently said he was Christian, Walsh was calling Obama a liar without cause.
“All I can do is apologize,” he says. “I am a reformed outlaw.”
With his words and ubiquitous tweets, Walsh has publicly turned a page. When Trump declared the city of Baltimore rat-infested this summer and posted that “no human being would want to live there,” Walsh called him a racist. And when Trump told four congresswomen ― two Muslim, one Black and one Latina ― to go back to their countries, Walsh wrote: “It’s so ugly. It’s so un-American.”
The shift, while dramatic, may have left Walsh politically homeless.
“I feel like a man without a country,” he says. “There are a lot of people who will never trust me. And I don’t have a base anymore.”
The former congressman asserts now he didn’t love or even like Trump, but wound up backing the man because he was not Hillary Clinton, a decadeslong villain in the world of right-wing politics. Soon enough, though, he says he began seeing troubling signs in the new president and started criticizing those actions while still praising Trump for the efforts he agreed with, such as the 2017 tax cut legislation.
That started changing, he says, when Trump began trade wars, started running up increasingly hefty budget deficits despite a strong economy and cozied up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and other dictators ― policies once anathema to the Republican Party’s platforms ― all while lying nearly constantly, about just about everything.
But the epiphany came at the Helsinki summit with Putin in the summer of 2018, when Trump told the world that he believed the Russian strongman over his own intelligence services. “When he did that, that was the final straw for me. I went on the radio and said I was never going to support him again. He’s a traitor,” Walsh says, adding that even more depressing was watching members of his own party fail to offer a word of criticism. “Now the party is not a party. Now the party is purely a personality cult for Donald Trump.”
Of course, Walsh is not the only Republican, or even the first, to think that Trump needs to be challenged from within his own party. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who previously ran the Justice Department’s Criminal Division under President Ronald Reagan, announced his presidential candidacy in April. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford also entered the GOP primary race, only to drop out after three months when his worry-about-the-debt-but-not-attack-Trump strategy gained little traction.
Yet in the past year, Walsh has been among the relatively small universe of Republicans eager to attack Trump openly and vociferously on any number of topics, from his willingness to profit off his presidency to his trade wars to his temperament to his treatment of women and people of color.
In terms of pure vitriol, Walsh’s criticism of Trump rivals that of the most outspoken Democrats. He calls Trump unfit for office, divisive, racist, openly corrupt and, in Walsh’s view worst of all, a serial liar.
“We can’t as a people accept a president who lies every time he opens his mouth,” Walsh tells C-SPAN during a taping at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“As a conservative Republican, I’d rather have a socialist in the White House than a dictator,” he tells WMUR’s Adam Sexton for a segment on Sexton’s weekend politics show.
As you can see, Walsh is desperate to make a name for himself somehow and it seems that attacking President Trump has become his meal ticket. President Trump has done an excellent job with getting our nation back on the road to recovery. It’s okay to say you don’t like how Trump communicates, but to loathe the guy and oppose him every step of his administration, despite the good he’s doing, well, that’s just childish.
Unfortunately, opportunists will always try to use people like Trump to feed off of.
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