Conservative radio host Joe Walsh, a former IL congressman who was elected to Congress during Tea Party wave in 2010, announced Sunday that he is challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld announced in April that he would challenge Trump, telling CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead" that it would be a "political tragedy" and he would "fear for the republic" if the country had Trump as President for a second term.
Walsh, who has called President Barack Obama "Muslim" and a "traitor" told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News's This Week on Sunday that he has apologized for those comments, saying he feels responsible for some of Trump's incendiary rhetoric. And that's why I'm running for president.
"We can't take four more years of Donald Trump".
At the same time, polling consistently shows that Trump has the solid backing of an overwhelming majority of Republican voters.
"They want him to lose in November", Walsh said.
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"He's increased the deficit faster than President Obama", added Walsh, a onetime fierce critic of the former president.
Walsh wrote in his New York Times column that "In Mr. Trump, I see the worst and ugliest iteration of views I expressed for the better part of a decade".
Walsh said he was undeterred.
Weld, appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press", welcomed Walsh's candidacy. "It's going to be a more robust conversation".
When asked by Politico if he could raise enough money to pose a legitimate challenge to Trump, Walsh responded: "Abso-freaking-lutely".
He continued, "We've never had a situation like this, you can't believe a word he says".
"I helped create Trump. There's no place in our politics for personal attacks like that, and I regret making them".