Tool to ‘Wound’: ABC Gives Platform to Trump Primary Challenger Joe Walsh

NewsBusters | 8/25/2019 | Staff
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Never-Trump Republican Joe Walsh threw his hat into the 2020 Republican primary race on Sunday with an announcement on ABC’s This Week. To prove he was going make the “conservative case” against President Trump he decided to announce his candidacy on a show hosted by Clinton lackey George Stephanopoulos.

Of course, Stephanopoulos humored him by letting the former Congressman bash the President and pushed back weakly on Walsh’s history of incredibly racist statements. Yet, during the so-called “powerhouse roundtable”, they admitted that Walsh didn’t have a chance at beating Trump; and Stephanopoulos found the important “question” was whether or not Walsh could “wound” the President’s chances.

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“And as we come on the air this morning, a new political threat, a potential challenge from one of his own,” Stephanopoulos enthusiastically announced at the top of his program. “Conservative firebrand, Joe Walsh, a Tea Party congressman now a talk radio host and no stranger to controversy and incendiary rhetoric.”

Walsh was the first guest and there was no time wasted in getting to his case against Trump (click “expand”):

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STEPHANOPOULOS: And Joe Walsh joins us now. Good morning.

JOE WALSH: Hey, George. Good to be with you.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you reached a decision.

WALSH: Yes, and it's great to be with you. I'm going to run for president and I'm happy to be on your show announcing my candidacy.

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Stephanopoulos offered weak pushback against the fact that nearly every poll showed Republican support for Trump “over 80 percent”. “They don’t have an alternative,” Walsh argued.

Speaking of weak push back, Stephanopoulos did dig up some of Walsh’s old tweets. “Right there, number one, ‘we lowered the bar for Obama, he was held to a lower standard because he was black’” he read.

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That was followed up with a tweet about Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and how “if you're black and a woman...
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