Former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshBottom line ABC’s Whoopi Goldberg to headline Biden fundraiser with Sen. Tammy Duckworth Trump shares video of protesters confronting reporter: ‘FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL’ MORE (Ill.), one of three Republicans challenging President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2020, called the GOP a “cult” and the president a “would-be dictator” as he denounced the decision to scrap primaries in some states.
“I’ve given up on the Republican Party, the Republican Party is a cult, right. They no longer stand for ideals. The Republican Party right now is all about washing their leaders’ feet every day, that’s what they do,” Walsh said Monday on CNN.
“We’re going to take our campaign directly to Republican voters — and I’ll add in all 50 states. We’re gonna campaign in all 50 states, we’re gonna campaign in South Carolina, Arizona, Nevada and Kansas, because I believe if we let these Republican voters know that the president of the United States just took away their right to vote they’ll march on the headquarters of their state parties to get that right to vote back,” he said.
State party officials have said the canceled primaries in several states including South Carolina and Arizona are an effort to save costs and use that money for other races.
State parties of the same political party as the incumbent president have canceled nominating processes in the past.
Walsh, though, said the canceled primaries are different this time “because it’s never been done when there’s been primary challengers.”
Walsh directly blamed Trump for the canceled primaries.
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“This isn’t Russia, I do not live in Russia. We can’t just cancel elections in this country, that’s what Donald Trump is doing, he’s literally canceling elections … he is a would-be dictator,” Walsh said.
Walsh is challenging Trump, along with former South Carolina Rep. Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party Trump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries MORE and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won’t campaign or raise money The Hill’s Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party MORE.
All three criticized the move to scrap primaries in an op-ed published in the Washington Post last week, writing that “cowards run from fights.”
“The saying ‘may the best man win’ is a quintessential value that the Republican Party must honor if we are to command the respect of the American people,” they wrote.