Joe Walsh announced his presidential campaign to primary Donald Trump. The prospects of him defeating Donald Trump are slim to none, for even with Trump out of the picture, Walsh just isn’t in all that much demand. Joe Walsh has been the type who cannot seem to decide whether he wants to criticize President Trump from the left or the right, but for the purposes of this article, we are really only interested in why Joe Walsh is the wrong person to challenge Trump from the right. Now, this is not to say no one could challenge Trump from the right and be the right person, these are just the top three reasons why Walsh is a woefully ineffective messenger at doing so.
His rhetoric is extremely similar
Joe Walsh has said a number of things that are extremely comparable to Donald Trump that are not Joe Biden level gaffes. He launched his campaign on unity and civility message, but his own history of Trump level comments completely undermines any hope, with an unforgiving media that will undoubtedly work against him. How much room to stand on with “civility” in trying to appease Kasich Republicans when you’ve called Obama a Muslim. To challenge Trump from the right, the ideal candidate, would have to be able to articulate Conservatism without coarseness in a refreshing, yet colloquial manner. See Allen West.
He peddles the Russian Hoax
Why did I decide to primary @realDonaldTrump? Because he welcomed & encouraged Russian interference in 2016, he lied & ordered others to lie, and he obstructed the investigation into Russian interference.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 25, 2019
Anyone still peddling this conspiracy theory should be treated like an Alex Jones wannabe. Picking this fight against Trump is a losing battle in every conceivable way in a Republican primary. The party largely sees the Russian Hoax as the media creation that it was. Therefore picking this fight shows no vision for the future. People wanted Trump because he put off a winning persona. Choosing losing issues to combat Trump with is just wasting our time. The ideal candidate isn’t interested in using Leftist conspiracy theories to attack Trump from the right.
He supported Trump in 2016
If you are going to challenge Trump from the right, it’s dubious if that’s what Joe Walsh is doing, coming from the “I told you so” position is a far better way to launch a campaign with a base. The ideal candidate would be able to understand why people voted for Trump in 2016 while also having the foresight to anticipate much of the underwhelming achievements of the Trump administration, thus far. Why should Ted Cruz voters in 2016 vote for Joe Walsh in 2020? Everything Joe Walsh has said about Trump just now, less the Russian Hoax, was true in 2016. “No more lies. We’re tired of the drama.” Gee, what took you so long to catch up, Joe? You know we had a candidate in 2016 that, in every respects, was better than Trump.
The time to defeat Trump was in 2016, and Joe Walsh did his part in seeing the Trump campaign win the nomination. Joe Walsh didn’t listen when we said these things back in 2016, and now he wants our vote. Not gonna happen.
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