Joe Walsh may be ending his challenge to President Trump, but his 2020 battle is far from over.
Walsh, a former Republican congressmember from South Carolina, ended his GOP primary challenge to Trump on Friday morning after writing an op-ed that deemed his party a "cult." He'll now focus on convincing Democrats, Independents, and Republicans that "any Democrat would be better than Trump in the White House," he told CNN in an interview.
When asked Friday on CNN if he would support the Democratic nominee this fall, Walsh made it very clear that he would back "any Democrat." That even applies to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Walsh affirmed, saying "I would rather have a socialist in the White House than a dictator." Walsh didn't have a particular favorite candidate to endorse yet.
JUST NOW: " I would rather have a socialist in the White House than a dictator."
Walsh also called the Republican party a "cult" during the interview, like he did in his Thursday Washington Post op-ed. While campaigning so far, Walsh said he found that conservative media and Republican voters "have been fed nothing but lies and mistruths about President Trump, and that they can't be gotten back." Kathryn Krawczyk
A "senior official in the Trump administration" penned an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday, detailing a White House in disarray.
The official, whom the Times said was vetted but left anonymous for protection, said that President Trump "does not fully grasp" the extent to which even his top aides "are working diligently from within" to disrupt his agenda.
Trump's successes have come in spite of his leadership style, the official wrote, "which is impetuous, adversarial, petty, and ineffective." The author said that they are supportive of Republican ideals, but often feel frustrated by Trump's inconsistent dedication to conservatism. "Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making," they wrote.
Aides are in "daily disbelief" at Trump's comments and actions, the author continued, and behind the scenes go "to great lengths" to contain his worst impulses. While early whispers in the West Wing considered the option of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, the internal "resistance" has instead decided to merely "steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it's over." Read the full op-ed at The New York Times.Summer Meza
Breitbart chairman Stephen Bannon is having second thoughts about his vocal support for Roy Moore, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday. Five days after The Washington Post published a story alleging that Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, had initiated sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl and courted other high-schoolers, TheDaily Beast reported that Bannon has vowed "to put [Moore] in a grave myself" if the allegations of his sexual misconduct turn out to be true.
On Saturday, Axios reported that Bannon sent two reporters to Alabama to try to discredit the allegations about Moore. But The Daily Beast claimed Tuesday that Bannon's allies have told him that it is "insane" to not believe the accusations against Moore — and that Bannon may have begun to believe them.