Joe Walsh Announces Official Republican Bid Against Trump

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh has officially launched his intention to run for the presidency as a primary opponent to President Trump.

Walsh officially announced his intention to run for the presidency during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

“We’ve got a guy in the White House who’s unfit, completely unfit, to be president,” Walsh said via Axios. “And it stuns me that nobody stepped up, nobody in the Republican Party stepped up, because I’ll tell you what, George, everybody believes in the Republican party, everybody believes that he’s unfit.”

“I’m running because he’s unfit,” the former congressman continued. “Somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative. The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum. He’s a child. Again, the litany, he lies every time he opens his mouth. Look at what’s happened this week — the president of the United States, is tweeting us into a recession.”

“I’m betting you’re tired of having an unfit con man for a president,” the Washington Examiner reports. “A president who sides with foreign dictators over our intelligence community. A president who spews hate virtually every time he opens his mouth. A president who is teaching millions of American children it’s okay to lie and it’s okay to bully.”

“See, Donald Trump doesn’t represent us—he represents the worst of us. He hasn’t delivered on his promises, he thinks he’s above the law, and he’s tweeting us into a recession, as we speak,” he continued per the report. “You know it, I know it, we all know it: We can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump. No way.”

Walsh also took to Twitter to confirm the announcement.

“Friends, I’m in. We can’t take four more years of Donald Trump. And that’s why I’m running for President. It won’t be easy, but bravery is never easy. But together, we can do it,” Walsh tweeted. “Let’s show the world we’re ready to be brave.”

The Washington Examiner reports:

The one-term Illinois congressman-turned-conservative radio host joins former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld in contesting the GOP’s nod ahead of next year’s national party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Walsh’s decision to attack Trump’s character has been criticized given his own history of making incendiary comments. Some of his most pointed barbs have been directed at former President Barack Obama, including questioning his birthplace.