While President Donald Trump is still the clear favorite to win the 2020 election, some Never-Trumper lawmakers are still trying to prevent him from serving a second term in office.
According to the New York Post, former Illinois GOP Rep. Joe Walsh is “strongly considering” challenging Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.
During an interview Thursday on CNN, Walsh — who now serves as a radio host — theatrically claimed he is inching towards running against Trump so he can save the country.
“I’m strongly, strongly considering it. That’s — again, I’m not trying to be cute or coy. 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 said.
“You’re running out of time. But more importantly, these are not conventional times. Look at the guy in the White House. These are urgent times,” said Walsh.
Walsh was actually a huge Trump supporter in 2016, but now he is apologizing for his role in helping elect an “unfit con man.”
It sure seems like this is a ploy for attention and money, but Walsh promises he’s “serious.”
Walsh also gave a deadline for when he will likely make a final decision on whether to run or not.
“Labor Day’s in what — a week. If you want to get in, you’ve got to get in within the next week or so,” Walsh said.
Calling Trump a “horrible human being,” Walsh said the president was setting a poor example for children with his divisive rhetoric.
“The only way you primary Donald Trump and beat him is to expose him for the con man he is. And if I did it, John, that’s what I’d do,” he said, adding that the “silence” from other Republicans is “what’s so disappointing.”
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Should Walsh run, he would join former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who announced earlier this summer that he was going to challenge Trump in the Republican primary.
To be clear, Walsh, Weld, and anyone else who tries to challenge Trump in Republican primary has virtually no chance at all.
While Trump may be picking up Republican challengers, the 2020 Democratic field is already starting to shrink.
During an appearance Wednesday night on MSNBC with host Rachel Maddow, Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he is dropping out of the race and will seek a third term as governor.
Inslee is the third Democrat to end his presidential bid in the last month.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California was the first to pull out of the primary followed by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper last week.
Recent polling shows Trump is clearly the heavy favorite heading into 2020.