Five months after launching his quixotic bid to unseat an incumbent president in the primary, the windmill made quick work of Joe Walsh. The former congressman withdrew from the Republican quasi-race this morning, just three days after garnering only one percent of the vote in Iowa. Walsh complained bitterly that the GOP is “not a party, it’s a cult,” but claims he’ll keep fighting to defeat Trump no matter what:
Former US Rep. Joe Walsh is ending his uphill challenge against Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, after suffering a crushing loss in the Iowa GOP caucuses in which he received only 1% of the vote.
“I am ending my candidacy for president of the United States,” Walsh told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.” “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.”
“It’s not a party. It’s a cult. He can’t be beat in the Republican primary so there’s no reason for me, or any candidate, really to be in there,” Walsh continued.
Perhaps cultism is in the eye of the beholder. There are more than a few Republicans who see Never Trumpism as a cult, too, and Walsh as having succumbed to it. It’s also tough to take a candidate seriously about cultism who’s simultaneously accusing you of being part of one and also asking for your vote at the same time.