Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh on Friday ended his campaign to wrest the GOP nomination from President Donald Trump after admitting that “he can’t be beat.”
During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Walsh — who served a single two-year term as a lawmaker from Illinois — again accused his party of being a “cult” beholden to the president.
“Look, I got into this because I thought it was really important that there was a Republican out there every day calling out this president for how unfit he is,” Walsh said.
“I want to stop Trump, I believe he’s a theat to this country. He can’t be stopped within the Republican Party. Nobody can beat him. It’s Trump’s party. It’s not a party, it’s a cult,” he continued.
“He can’t be beat in the Republican primary, so there’s no reason for me or any candidate to be in there. The party has become a cult.”
Walsh received less than 1 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses on Monday. He further noted that 10 states have canceled their GOP primaries because their delegates had already pledged to the president.
The former Illinois lawmaker also complained that he didn’t get any media coverage from right-leaning outlets like Fox News, so his candidacy never really gained any traction.
“The conservative media world, Fox News and all of rest, wouldn’t give me the time of day. I’m a Republican candidate for president, but they bow down in front of their king,” Walsh complained.
“And then out there everyday talking to Republican voters, I just became convinced that these folks had been fed nothing but lies and mistruths about President Trump and they can’t be gotten back.”
When asked what his next moves where, Walsh said he would continue to try to “stop Trump.” He also said he would work to elect “any Democrat” who wins that party’s nomination.
“Donald Trump is a dictator, he’s a king. He literally is the greatest threat to this country right now. Any Democrat would be better than Trump in the White House right now,” he said.