Who Wants Trump Challenger Joe Walsh? Nobody.

Former Republican congressman and right-wing talk radio host Joe Walsh formally announced his intention to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary this weekend. Pro-Trump media outlets, and even a handful of anti-Trump conservative publications, collectively ​balked at the idea​, dismissing Walsh’s candidacy as absurd—and worse.

Years ago, Walsh was a vocal defender and advocate for Trump​, and an active contributor to the contentious political climate that allowed for Trump’s success, but nowadays he offers criticisms of Trump from a conservative position. With the blessings of anti-Trump conservative and neo-liberal commentators, Walsh announced his candidacy ​on weekend television shows.

Modern right-wing media figures were not impressed.

BlazeTV’s Eric Bolling said that Walsh would surely “blow himself up in fantastic fashion. Nice guy but bat$hit.”

Erick Erickson wrote that Walsh was a one of the president’s “vocal defenders” in 2016, until Trump was actually elected, that is. “It’s almost as if Walsh figured he could be a dyed in the wool Trump humper in 2016 presuming Trump would never get elected so that Walsh could benefit in his talk radio career as a Trump defender without the consequence of a Trump presidency,” Erickson wrote. He continued:

If anything, Joe Walsh is like the evangelical preacher who preaches on sin and damnation only to be found out as a sexual deviant and, instead of repenting, throws out orthodoxy in favor of a book deal and media adoration. He’s Jerry Falwell, Jr. for the anti-Trump crowd.

Radio host Wayne Dupree wrote that Walsh may be running to attempt to boost his radio audience, because that would be “all he can hope to accomplish because he hasn’t a chance against a man who continues to have the firm support of virtually all those who first voted for him.”

Human Events publisher Will Chamberlain posited that NeverTrump columnist Bill Kristol would have better luck with “posting a Craigslist ad for President, then choosing someone at random” than throwing his weight behind Walsh in a ​primary challenge ​that is highly unlikely to succeed. From Human Events:

The #NeverTrump clique’s willingness to support Joe Walsh demonstrates that their commitment to “principles” is paper-thin. They argue, frivolously, that Trump is a racist and unfit to be President; to replace him, they offer an actual racist and a deadbeat dad. There is nothing holding the #NeverTrump ideology together, no principles or values — only resentment.

In response to rumors earlier last week of Walsh’s plans to campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination, National Review’s Jim Geraghty wrote that Walsh’s attempt to reconcile his role in helping get Trump into the White House would not be best resolved with a presidential bid. From Geraghty:

It’s one thing to ask for forgiveness. It’s another to ask to be elected commander-in-chief the following week. It’s great that Walsh wants to turn over a new leaf, demonstrate civility and respect and appreciation for decorum, and set a new, better example for everyone in the political arena. But from 2010 to late 2017 or so . . . he had a pretty Trump-y public persona, which raises some tough questions about why Walsh would be the right guy to replace Trump on the GOP ticket.

On RedState, a similar tone was found. The site’s managing editor wrote that Walsh’s primary challenge to Trump was not the answer. From RedState:

Whatever the question is, Joe Walsh is not the answer. This is, at best, a publicity stunt and given who is involved, you know there has to be grifting out the wazoo. But don’t worry. Bill Kristol has cast a wide net and there are more waiting in the wings.

An unmistakably flabbergasted Jazz Shaw wrote about Walsh’s primary announcement ​at HotAir:

Everyone who is a natural-born citizen over the age of 35 is entitled to take a shot if they wish.

But holy cow. Talk about a longshot. Does anyone seriously think that Joe can even make a serious dent in Trump’s numbers, to say nothing of actually carrying a state in the primary or winning the whole thing?

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