There are a number of Democrats running with the hopes of challenging President Donald Trump later this year in the general election. Yet a few Republicans are also trying to primary Trump out of his own party’s nomination contests.
They’re not doing very well, however. In Iowa earlier this week, Trump won with a resounding 97.1 percent of the vote, with former Gov. Bill Weld taking in 1.3 percent and former congressman Joe Walsh receiving 1.1. percent of the vote.
Perhaps taking note of the dimming chances he has to defeat Trump from within the GOP electorate, Walsh announced this week that he was dropping out of the primary races.
“I got into this because I thought it was really important that there was a Republican — a Republican — out there every day calling out this president for how unfit he is,” Walsh said on CNN’s New Day program on Thursday.
Former US Rep. Joe Walsh ends his Republican primary challenge against Trump
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However, Trump’s support in the Republican Party was even stronger than Walsh had anticipated. “He can’t be stopped within the Republican Party. Nobody can beat him. It’s Trump’s party,” Walsh explained.
He then corrected himself. “It’s not a party. It’s a cult,” he claimed.
The importance of removing Trump from office was so dire, the conservative Walsh said, that he was willing do so something that would have probably been unthinkable to him in the past: support a Democrat in the general election.
“[Trump] literally is the greatest threat to this country right now,” he added. “Any Democrat would be better than Trump in the White House.”
According to a Quinnipiac poll conducted at the end of January, Trump’s approval rating among the general public is at 43 percent, with 52 percent disapproving.
However, confirming Walsh’s views of Trump’s support within his own party, 94 percent of Republicans say they approve of the way the president is handling his job, with only 4 percent saying they disapprove, according to the poll.