Former Tea Party Republican and Failed Presidential Candidate Endorses Socialism
Without much fanfare, former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh ended his presidential campaign on Friday, February 7, 2020.
According to Tristan Justice of The Federalist, Walsh laid an egg at the Iowa Republican caucuses on Monday, where he received 348 votes.
“So you’re going to try to help elect the Democratic nominee, is that what you’re saying?” CNN’s Josh Berman asked Walsh during the interview.
“Any Democrat,” Walsh quickly responded. “John, Donald Trump is a dictator. He’s a king… Any Democrat would be better than Trump in the White House.”
Berman then pressed on and asked the former Illinois Congressman “You’re a former Tea Party Republican and you’re saying to me you would support Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren?”
“I would rather have a socialist in the White House than a dictator, than a king, than Donald Trump,” Walsh replied.
Walsh penned an op-ed for the Washington Post describing the Republican Party as a cult.
In Walsh’s view, conservative media and Republican voters “have been fed nothing but lies and mistruths about President Trump, and that they can’t be gotten back.”
Walsh’s support of socialism is the height of irony given how Walsh was elected riding the Tea Party wave of 2010, which was spurred by voters who were disenchanted with the status quo of big government.