Talk show host and former US Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) announced his presidential bid on Sunday.
On Monday, Salem Radio Network canceled his show.
“I figured this might happen,” said Walsh, noting that up to 90% of his listeners are Trump supporters. (A more likely possibility is that Salem was complying with campaign laws, which forbid presidential candidates from having their own radio shows.)
When asked about Walsh’s 2020 run, the Trump campaign responded with a single word: “Whatever.”
As noted by ABC News, “The president’s hold on the Republican Party is as strong as it has even been…there’s really no indication that he has any vulnerability whatsoever to a primary challenge.”
The latest Reuters poll shows Trump’s approval rating among registered GOP voters at 87%.
I agree that Walsh is unlikely to get any support, especially considering his racist comments that make even Trump look PC.
Walsh has accused blacks of burning down their own neighborhoods and has claimed that “millions of white people died so blacks could be free.” He was suspended from radio in 2014 for using racist slurs. He believes the Democratic Party has turned blacks into “uneducated government slaves” and says he has the “right” to say that “blacks are lazy and the Irish are drunks.”
Here’s what Walsh said in 2016 when Trump was attacked for describing Haiti as a “shit hole”:
“To say that it’s ‘racist’ to call Haiti a shit hole is like saying it’s ‘racist’ to say Chicago has a violence problem. Haiti is a shit hole and it’s run by blacks. The violence in Chicago is all black on black. Those aren’t racist statements.”
When asked about his racist comments by MSNBC this week, Walsh replied, “I wouldn’t call myself a racist, but I’ve said racist things on Twitter.”
Despite his own remarks, Walsh has described Trump as: “A sexual predator, a serial liar, a malignant narcissist, an obstructor of justice, a psychopath, a betrayer of this nation’s interests, a bigot, an incompetent boob, [and] a failed businessman.”
So far, Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld are the only two Republicans to challenge Trump in the 2020 election.