Trump Primary Challenger Admits To Sending Several Racist Tweets
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Over the weekend, former Republican congressman Joe Walsh announced that he would be challenging President Donald Trump in the Republican primary.
Since he announced his run for president, Walsh has been facing harsh backlash for previous racist comments, many of which have been said on Twitter.
Walsh was confronted about his previous comments during an interview with CNN host John Berman. Berman asked Walsh to defend a claim he made where he said that tweeting racist things doesn't make him racist.
“I think we’re all a little bit racist,” he said. “We’ve all said racist things. I’ll bet if you and I went through everybody’s Twitter feed, we’re going to find things that are objectionable and offensive. I think we all have. I know when I look back at some of my tweets over the years, because I was so outspoken, yes, I’ve tweeted some racist things. On purpose? No.”Walsh announced his candidacy on Sunday and ironically, the anti-Trump Republican accused the President of being a racist along with many other outlandish comments.
"I'm running because he's unfit; somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative," Walsh said. "The country is sick of this guy's tantrum -- he's a child."
Walsh also claimed responsibility for helping to "create Trump."
"I helped create Trump," he said to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "I feel responsible for that."
Walsh continued to say that President Trump was "tweeting us into a recession" and also cautioned that "he'll tweet us into war."
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Stephanopoulos called out Walsh for making outlandish statements of his own, including calling former President Barack Obama a Muslim and an enemy. Walsh said Trump "made me reflect on some of the things I've said in the past," acknowledging that at times he "went beyond the policies and idea" and "said some ugly things about President Obama that I regret."
When asked if he truly believes what he said about Obama, Walsh responded, "God no, and I have apologized for that."
During the same interview, however, Walsh made a series of personal attacks against President Trump.
"He's nuts, he's erratic, he's cruel, he stokes bigotry," Walsh said. He accused Trump of not caring about America, saying, "the only thing he cares about is Trump."
Walsh also cited Trump's 2016 campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border and to have Mexico pay for it, which has not happened.
"He’s incompetent. He has no freakin’ clue what he’s doing," Walsh said.
The Trump campaign had far fewer words in response to Walsh's announcement.
"Whatever," campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said to ABC.
Walsh, who served one term in Congress, acknowledged that he has very little chance of defeating the president in the primaries, but said he wants to promote a different direction for the Republican Party. Earlier in August, Walsh published a New York Times op-ed about the need for Trump to face a primary challenge. He said the positive response to the piece inspired his decision to run.What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!