Joe Walsh, former GOP congressman, to challenge Trump in 2020 primary

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Washington — Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman, says he'll challenge President Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020. The tea party favorite argues that Mr. Trump is unfit for the White House.

Walsh announced his candidacy during an interview on ABC's "This Week'" on Sunday. Also in the race is Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor.

BREAKING: "I'm going to run for president," former Republican Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh announces on @ThisweekABC.

"We've got a guy in the White House who is unfit, completely unfit to be president and it stuns me that nobody stepped up" https://t.co/P6iz1j1VA4 pic.twitter.com/0Sct3l7zEc

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 25, 2019

Walsh won a House seat from suburban Chicago in the 2010 tea party wave, but lost reelection in 2012 and has since hosted a radio talk show.

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He has a history of inflammatory statements regarding Muslims and others, and said just before the 2016 election that if Mr. Trump lost, "I'm grabbing my musket." Walsh has since soured on Mr. Trump.

First published on August 25, 2019 / 9:34 AM

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