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President to Get Heavy-Duty Primary Challenger: Former Tea Party Congressman and Trump-Supporter Turned Never-Trumper

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President Donald Trump is now facing a heavy-duty, rough-and-tumble, loud-mouthed primary challenger. He’s a former Tea Party U.S. Congressman, a former Trump supporter, who “got woke” a year ago and transformed into a “Never-Trumper” morally opposed to the nation’s current president.

Joe Walsh “is expected to announce he is running for president as early as this weekend,” The New York Times reports. He has already “hired a senior political adviser” and “organized meetings with high-profile Trump antagonists in New York City.”

Politico reports Walsh will mount a primary challenge against President Trump. He calls Trump “absolutely unfit,” and says he thinks he can get enough funding to mount a considerable challenge.

“I think if there is an alternative out there,” Walsh says, “the money will follow.”

As a Congressman, Walsh was frequently in the news, often for ugly comments and he lasted only a year representing the people of Illinois’ 8th district. He became a conservative political  talk radio show host calling himself “the new voice of freedom.”

Related: Trump May Soon Find Himself Battling 5 Republicans for Re-Election – They Could Help Democrats Win the White House

In the lead up to the 2016 election Walsh made headlines when he posted this tweet:

He’s come a long way. Now calls Trump “a danger to this country,” and posts tweets like this:

Apparently, Trump’s all-too-cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit was the last straw for Walsh.

“He lost me for good in Helsinki, when he stood in front of the world and said, ‘I believe Putin and I don’t believe my fellow Americans,’”

A week ago Walsh penned an op-ed that ran in The New York Times, apologizing for his past support of Trump and for his past behavior – and making what he called “a strong case for President Trump to face a Republican primary challenger.”

Walsh has little chance of winning the nomination, much less the White House, but as NCRM reported Wednesday, history shows presidents who get serious primary challenges are usually weakened and lose re-election.

 

 

 

 

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2020 Road to the White House

Michael Bloomberg Preparing Presidential Run – Could File This Week

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Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is preparing a presidential run as a Democrat. The self-made billionaire who has been a registered Democrat, a registered Republican, a registered Independent, and once again as of last year a registered Democrat will file papers in Alabama before that state’s deadline Friday.

“Should Mr. Bloomberg proceed with a campaign, it could represent a seismic disruption in the Democratic race,” The New York Times reports, adding that he could be “a grave and instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.”

Howard Wolfson, a close advisor to the former mayor says: “We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated — but Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Julián Castro Says His Campaign Is ‘In Dire Need’ of Funds – and He’s Out if He Can’t Raise $800k in Ten Days

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Julián Castro says he will have to pull out of the Democratic presidential primary if he does not raise $800,000 in the next ten days. Castro, a former HUD Secretary, says he will be forced to stop campaigning if he does not reach his financial goals by the end of the month.

“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people,” Castro said in an email to supporters, as Buzzfeed reports.

“If I can’t make the next debate stage, we cannot sustain a campaign that can make it to Iowa in February,” Castro continued. “My presidential campaign is in dire need of financial resources to keep going.”

U.S. Senator Cory Booker had made a similar announcement last month, telling supporters he would need to drop out if he did not raise $1.7 million by the end of September. He pulled in more than $2.1 million over that last nine days or so, leading to his strongest fundraising month of his campaign.

Castro is consistently polling around 1% and has never gotten above the 2% mark, according to RealClear Politics.

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‘This Is a Real Warning’: Ex-Campaign Aide Bluntly States Clinton Didn’t Go Far Enough Criticizing Tulsi Gabbard

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On MSNBC Saturday, former Clinton campaign official and director of SiriusXM progressive programming Zerlina Maxwell said that not only did Hillary Clinton do nothing wrong for criticizing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), she should have if anything gone even harder.

“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.

Related: ‘Malevolent Kraken’: Tulsi Gabbard Mocked After Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Claim Russia Is Grooming a Woman Democrat

“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”

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