Former Rep. Joe Walsh. | Julius Constantine Motal, File/AP Photograph
Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh on Friday introduced he has dropped out of the 2020 Republican presidential main, describing the fashionable GOP as a “cult” and concluding that President Donald Trump “can’t be stopped” from inside his personal occasion.
“Look, 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 advised host John Berman on CNN’s “New Day.”
“I want to stop Trump. I believe he’s a threat to this country. He can’t be stopped within the Republican Party. Nobody can beat him,” Walsh continued. “It’s Trump’s party, John. It’s not a party, it’s a cult. He can’t be beaten in the Republican primary, so there’s no reason for me — or any candidate, really — to be in there. The party has become a cult.”
Walsh’s quixotic campaign, which he teased and launched in August, was stymied by the president’s persistently excessive approval rankings amongst Republicans and the canceling of a number of states’ 2020 GOP primaries and caucuses to help Trump’s reelection effort.
In looking for to deny Trump a second time period, Walsh incessantly lobbed rhetorical fireballs on the White Home and acquired new scrutiny for controversial feedback he made throughout his tenure in Congress and later as a conservative radio show host.
Walsh’s exit from the White Home race comes days after an abysmal efficiency within the Iowa Republican caucuses, which Trump won overwhelmingly. Walsh achieved 1.1 percent of voters and Trump’s different GOP rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Invoice Weld, garnered 1.3 percent.
Walsh is the second Republican candidate to finish his main campaign in opposition to the president. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford scrapped his short-lived bid in November, simply 60 days after it started. Trump in September dismissed his trio of challengers for the Republican nomination as a “total joke” and a “laughingstock.”