Former Representative Joe Walsh is allegedly going to announce his presidency run for 2020, which makes him the second Republican that will challenge President Donald Trump for the party’s nomination.
According to The New York Times, Walsh will reportedly announce his run as early as this weekend. The former Rep.-turned-radio host wrote an op-ed for the NYT, arguing that the President needed a primary challenge from the right and told the Times in an interview that he would announce his intentions before Labor Day.
Walsh would run alongside former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), who announced his presidency run at the beginning of this year, as the second Republican challenger to mount the long-shot challenge against Trump, whose approval rating among Republicans has hovered above 50 percent since he took office in 2017, The Hill reported.
The former congressman supported Trump during the 2016 election but has hammered the President for his conduct in the years that followed. Earlier this year, he sharply criticized Trump over behavior outlined in Robert Mueller‘s report that detailed the results of the special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign.
“I don’t know how anybody can read this report and think, ‘This is behavior that we want in our president’,” he told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at the time.
“Criminal behavior, who knows?” he added. “But, boy, dishonest, immoral, unethical? Heck yes it is. And I’ll tell you, Brooke, every Republican on Capitol Hill agrees with what I just said. They can’t say that publicly.”
Walsh previously served one term in Congress as a Tea Party-aligned Republican and swiped at Weld as a centrist earlier this month in the Times op-ed.
“The President is more vulnerable to a challenge from the right. I’m on the right, and I’m hugely disappointed that challenge hasn’t yet materialized,” Walsh wrote at the time.