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    Joe Walsh, former Tea Partier, says he’d support ‘socialist’ over Trump after droppin

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    Joe Walsh, former Tea Partier, says he’d support ‘socialist’ over Trump after dropping primary bid



    By Brooke Singman | Fox News


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    Former Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh tells Fox News he’d support a “socialist” over President Trump, making clear he'll be backing whomever is the Democratic nominee after dropping his GOP primary bid on Friday.

    Walsh, in a phone interview with Fox News following his announcement, explained his decision to abandon his presidential run.


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    “It became clear to me that no one can beat Trump in a Republican primary,” Walsh told Fox News. “I think Trump is unfit for office and I think that it’s really important that a Republican is out there every day saying that.”


    He added: “I want to stop Trump, and if I can’t in a primary, then I have to find other ways to do that.”

    Walsh walked away from the lead-off Iowa caucuses this week with 1 percent of the vote and no delegates. The other primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, got only slightly more.

    Walsh first told CNN Friday morning that he was suspending his campaign. He went on to take shots at his own party.



    FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2011, file photo former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    “This Republican Party is not my Republican Party.

    It’s Trump’s political party, and I feel like I don’t belong,” Walsh told Fox News. “I think it’s a cult, and I think Trump needs to be removed.


    “The next nine months are going to be devoted to using whatever platform I have to make sure Trump isn’t re-elected.”


    Walsh told Fox News he was in a “unique position,” as a Tea Party conservative, to try to convince moderate conservatives to vote for a Democrat in November.


    “This is not easy for me to say, I probably don’t agree with Bernie Sanders on any policy issue, but I would rather have a socialist in the White House than a dictator, a king, a man who thinks he’s above the law,” Walsh said. “I think that’s a much more dangerous threat to America than a guy in the White House fighting for free college.”


    Walsh admitted he did not know whether Democrats would welcome his involvement.


    The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee declined to comment on Walsh's drop-out and comments. The party and president have largely dismissed the threat from the diminishing GOP primary field, especially with Trump firmly in control of the party following his impeachment trial acquittal.


    Walsh has a checkered record of inflammatory comments that could complicate any potential role in reaching out to moderates.


    Despite his fiery condemnation of Trump now, Walsh actually voted for then-candidate Trump in 2016 and famously declared he would be “grabbing his musket” if Trump lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton.


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    Walsh first joined the 2020 race last year, after penning an op-ed in The New York Times calling Trump “a racial arsonist who encourages bigotry and xenophobia to rouse his base and advance his electoral prospects.”


    Walsh, in that same op-ed, seemingly apologized for his own rhetoric during the Obama administration, which included racially charged and sometimes violent remarks about former President Barack Obama.


    In 2016, Walsh tweeted about why Obama “hates Israel,” concluding falsely that it was because Obama was secretly a Muslim.


    “For better or worse, I'm not afraid to say it publicly. I think Obama is Muslim. I think in his head and in his heart he has always been. And I think it explains Obama's hatred toward Israel and explains his weakening of America these past 8 years,” he tweeted.

    “It's not complicated,” he added.


    Walsh has since tried to reconcile these statements with his current stance.


    In his op-ed for the Times last year, he said he only voted for Trump in 2016 because “he wasn’t Hillary Clinton” and said that he initially gave him the benefit of the doubt before turning on him.


    His departure from the GOP primary race is an abrupt reversal for a candidate who told Fox News last fall he would campaign in every state and was "in this to win."

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    2020 Flashback: GOP presidential candidate @WalshFreedom - in NH in September - tells @foxnewspolitics
    "we're going to campaign in every state in this country... I'm in this to win." TODAY he suspended his long-shot primary challenge against @realDonaldTrump #2020election #FITN



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    Wow! Can you believe Joe Walsh plans to vote socialist! He and Mitt Romney make a great pair.

    I fault Donald Trump for many important things, but Id never join the socialists out of spite because my problems with Trump is when he sided with the Democrats on immigration and other issues.
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    Trump’s ex-Navy secretary endorses Bloomberg for president

    [Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign event Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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    FEB. 7, 2020 10:30 AM

    NORFOLK, Va. — The former Navy secretary who was fired after criticizing President Donald Trump endorsed Democrat Michael Bloomberg for president on Friday, saying the U.S. needs a leader with integrity who would have “a steady hand on the wheel.”

    Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the endorsement during a campaign event at a maritime center and museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Spencer said he is a “lifelong Republican” who says he’s “tremendously concerned” that democracies around the world, and international alliances, are under threat.


    “I don’t care if you’re a Republican, you’re a Democrat or independent, if we are to sustain this experiment we call democracy, America needs the best leader available,” Spencer said. “I do believe Mike can get it done.”


    Spencer was pushed out of his position after he clashed with Trump and military leaders over the fate of Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was accused of war crimes in Iraq.


    Bloomberg, a billionaire former mayor of New York City who is skipping campaigning for the Democratic nomination in the four early states, has been focusing on states like Virginia that vote in the March 3 “Super Tuesday” contests, when the largest number of delegates are up for grabs.

    Speaking in Norfolk, home to one of the largest naval stations, he pledged to support the military, veterans and their families, and to work to rebuild international alliances. Bloomberg also said he is a leader who has built teams and who listens to staff and doesn’t retaliate against people who disagree with him — a not-so-veiled reference to Trump and his decision to fire Spencer.


    “When a president places more faith in what he is told by Vladimir Putin than by his own director of national intelligence that’s a prescription for disaster,” he said. “Surrounding yourself with a bunch of yes people is the surest way I know to fail.”


    Bloomberg is running as a moderate who can bring together Democrats, independents and disaffected Republicans to defeat Trump. He entered the race among concerns from establishment Democrats about whether former Vice President Joe Biden, who was seen as the leading moderate in the race, would be able to clinch the nomination over more liberal opponents like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and he has spent more than $300 million of his own fortune to air television ads.

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