Joe Walsh on Principles & Values

Republican presidential primary challenger (former IL Rep.)


2010: opposed by namesake rock star Joe Walsh

Walsh lost by ten percentage points to Tammy Duckworth, who is now Illinois's junior senator. Walsh lost in part because redistricting made his district friendlier to a Democratic candidate. But he was also hurt by his own behavior, which included failing to make his child support payments and shouting at his constituents. Democrats persuaded the rock guitarist Joe Walsh, who recorded the classic Rocky Mountain Way before joining the Eagles, to criticize his political namesake.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Oct 3, 2019

2013: supported birtherism; 2019: apologized for it

Walsh began a new career as a conservative radio talk show host in 2013. The show became syndicated in 2017. Walsh championed the "birther" conspiracy theory on his show and pushed the equally false claim that President Obama is secretly a Muslim.

Once Walsh announced his presidential candidacy, Walsh apologized for supporting Trump's candidacy and for pushing the myth that Obama is secretly a Muslim. He admitted that he never believed the story he pushed so hard on his radio show.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Oct 3, 2019

I helped create Trump; now I have to live with that

Q: You supported back in 2016 the 'Make America Great Again' campaign. And you've said racist things in the past. You called President Obama a Muslim, as recently as last year. How do you persuade voters and America to trust you?

Joe Walsh: I helped create Trump. Period. I went to Washington eight nine years ago obsessed with the fact that we're bankrupting future generations. I was part of that Tea Party way. Focused on the issues but plenty of times over the last seven or eight years, I got lost on these issues and, like many in my tea party comrades did, I engaged in personal hateful rhetoric some of which I've got to live with the whole rest of my life and knowing that I helped create Trump. Maybe a lousy thing to say on TV but I'm going to say it. Maybe a reformed gang member or a reformed outlaw like me sorry Helaine, who understands Henry some of what I did and we did to help create Trump can help bring the country together and heal the divide.

Source: Business Insider 2019 GOP presidential primary debate , Sep 24, 2019

All states should hold primaries, not just re-nominate Trump

The three of us [SC Gov. Mark Sanford, IL Rep. Joe Walsh, and MA Gov. Bill Weld] are running for the Republican nomination for president. Today the Republican Party has taken a wrong turn, led by a serial self-promoter who has abandoned the bedrock principles of the GOP. Our political system assumes an incumbent president will make his case in front of voters to prove that he or she deserves to be nominated for a second term. But now, the Republican parties of four states--AZ, KS, NV, and SC--have canceled their nominating contests. By this design, the incumbent will be crowned winner of these states' primary delegates.

It would be a critical mistake to allow the Democratic Party to dominate the national conversation during primary and caucus season. In the United States, citizens choose their leaders. The primary nomination process is the only opportunity for Republicans to have a voice in deciding who will represent our party. Let those voices be heard.

Source: Washington Post on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Sep 13, 2019

The "Age of Trump" woke him up to racism of past comments

I think we are all capable of being racist at times, even if not purposely. I am not a racist, but certainly I've said some racist things. All I can do is apologize for them. I despise political correctness. At times, I've been ignorant to how things I've said could inadvertently create an opening for others to use my words to further a racist agenda. I never want things I'm saying to cause hurt of pain to people. The age of Trump certainly has woken me up to that.
Source: Buzzfeed.com on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Aug 29, 2019

Look into 25th amendment for Donald Trump

Q: You talk about the president being unfit. Should the 25th amendment been invoked?

WALSH: It should be looked at. We've never had a situation like this. You can't believe a word he says. I don't care your politics, that should concern you. He's erratic. He's cruel. He stokes bigotry. He's incompetent. He doesn't know what he's doing. He's a narcissist. Everything he cares about, the only thing he cares about, is Trump. He doesn't give a damn about America. He doesn't care about the border.

Source: ABC This Week on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Aug 25, 2019

Opposing Trump because he's an "unfit divider in chief"

Joe Walsh is moving toward challenging President Donald Trump in a Republican primary, calling the president an "unfit divider in chief" and claiming the party is craving an alternative. Walsh said, "I've been really surprised by the amount of anxiousness from people across the spectrum who want this president to have a challenge, because there's just a real concern that he's absolutely unfit."

Walsh was elected in 2010 as part of the Tea Party movement and served one term. Initially a strong backer of Trump, he became a steady critic of the president and has called him "a danger to this country."

When asked whether he could secure financial resources to go up against Trump's treasure chest, Walsh responded: "Abso-freaking-lutely. There's a drumbeat from a lot of people out there for somebody who wants to take this on." Walsh contends that based on conversations he's had, he could win financial support "all over the spectrum."

Source: Politico.com on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Aug 21, 2019

Member of the Tea Party movement.

Walsh is a member the Tea Party movement

The Tea Party movement is a populist conservative social movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the stimulus package; te healthcare bill; and the TARP bailouts. The name "Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, the source of the phrase, "No Taxation Without Representation."

Source: Tea Party movement 10-Tea on Aug 11, 2010

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V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
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Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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