Conservative talk show host Joe Walsh has got off to a very bad start with his 2020 challenge against Donald Trump.
Walsh, who has become a surprising critic of the president since 2016, announced his 2020 bid on Sunday.
However, you shouldn’t count on him being much use in defeating Trump as his campaign looks like its imploding at the first opportunity.
During an interview on MSNBC yesterday, Walsh was questioned about his long-history of offensive comments by host John Heilemann – including tweets claiming Barack Obama was a Muslim and using racial slurs.
In his defence, Walsh took an unusual approach with his apology.
I wouldn’t call myself a racist, but I’ve said racist things on Twitter. There’s no doubt about it.
Then he went and dug himself further into a hole.
I’ve probably sent out 40,000 tweets in the last six years – no excuse. You and I could find 200-300 that you’d say ‘Walsh, what were you thinking?’ and all I can do is own them and explain them and apologise as sincerely as I can for those that deserve an apology.
You can watch the full exchange below:
ICYMI: @jheil pushes @WalshFreedom on his past comments
"You get that... calling the president Muslim, saying he w… https://t.co/dARwArE2Qj
— Deadline White House (@Deadline White House)
Unsurprisingly, Walsh’s defence that he is not a racist person – just a “person who does racist things” – didn’t get the response he was probably hoping for.
Joe Walsh: omg you can't even be racist without being called a racist these days https://t.co/MvoSxUXNc8