Former representative Joe Walsh, a conservative talk show host and right-wing pundit, has called president Donald Trump an 'unfit conman' and a 'racial arsonist'.
Writing in the New York Times, Walsh also said apologised for his own heated rhetoric over the years, and for helping to get Trump elected in 2016.
In the article, he wrote:
In Mr. Trump, I see the worst and ugliest iteration of views I expressed for the better part of a decade. To be sure, I’ve had my share of controversy. On more than one occasion, I questioned Mr. Obama’s truthfulness about his religion. At times, I expressed hate for my political opponents. We now see where this can lead. There’s no place in our politics for personal attacks like that, and I regret making them.
He also said that Trump is 'unfit for office', and that he isn't a conservative. In the article, he added:
He’s reckless on fiscal issues; he’s incompetent on the border; he’s clueless on trade; he misunderstands executive power; and he subverts the rule of law”
“It’s his poor record that makes him most worthy of a primary challenge."
Next, he said that Trump could be vulnerable to a conservative opponent in the primaries:
We need someone who could stand up, look the president in the eye and say: ‘Enough, sir. We’ve had enough of your indecency. We’ve had enough of your lies, your bullying, your cruelty, enough of your insults, your daily drama, your incitement, enough of the danger you place this country in every single day. We don’t want any of this anymore, and the country certainly can’t stand four more years of it.
Taking to Twitter, Walsh said that his column was an apology for his role in getting Trump elected:
Why did I write this piece? Two reasons: First, I wanted to make clear that Donald Trump is unfit to be President, and he MUST be challenged in the Republican primary.
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