Former Congressman Joe Walsh announced his bid for the 2020 presidential race on Sunday during an interview with George Stephanopolous. He not only completely trashed Trump, but he stated that people only like Trump because they don’t have an alternative. His plan is to be that alternative.
At this point, all he’s done is prove he’s a joke.
On Monday, Walsh appeared on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House with John Heilemann. During the interview he stated that he is not a racist, but that he has said racist things on Twitter.
Heilemann said, “For a lot of people, the president is a stone-cold racist and so are you. I can sit here and read off tweets: “Barack Obama’s a Muslim,” “Barack Obama was born in Kenya.'”
“I’ve got tweets with you using the N-word, not that long ago,” the he continued, “You can apologize for various things. Apologizing for burping at the table or using the wrong fork with your main course is different than offering some kind of a genuine recognition — not just “I said things that were offensive” — but “I’m a racist, I’ve said racist stuff.”
Walsh responded, “I wouldn’t call myself a racist, but I’ve said racist things on Twitter.”
“When I said Barack Obama was a Muslim, that was a horrible thing to say. And I said it because I was so disgusted with Obama’s policy towards Israel, that I went a bad, ugly step.” Walsh continued, “The Sandy Hook moms, I took a cheap shot against them three years ago because they were suing gun manufacturers, an issue that I disagree with. So I took a bad, cheap shot against them. I’ve done that.”
Here is the full interview. Go to 1:20 for the beginning of the conversation with Heilemann.