The Three Republicans Challenging Trump in 2020

An 80 percent approval rating among Republicans. Three state legislatures voting to automatically nominate him without a primary vote. Winning the nomination in 2016 by the largest margin in the history of the GOP. President Donald Trump’s position as the Republican nominee in 2020 seems certain. Despite this, three Republicans have opened campaigns to challenge the President.Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, 2016 Libertarian VP candidate and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, and one-term Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.Trump doesn’t seem intimidated by them, calling the candidates ‘The Three Stooges’ and a ‘laughingstock’ in a statement to interviewers. He doesn’t have any reason to be intimidated, either; he’s ahead by over seventy points in the most recent USA Today poll. The first of the three candidates to announce was Bill Weld, a libertarian and experienced politician. He served two terms as Massachusetts governor from 1991 to 1997, succeeding the 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis. He is the only Republican candidate that has polled significantly so far, holding around 10 percent in most polls. His campaign so far has focused on overturning the cancellation of three states’ Republican primaries, and his support for reversing the budget deficit.On President Trump, Weld has taken a hardline stance. “I will not sit quietly while our President praises despotic leaders, insults democratic allies, unravels arms control agreements and rails against the rule of law,” he said in an interview.The second and lowest polling candidate is former Illinois Congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh. His campaign has already been covered with controversy, beginning when he said on Twitter in 2016 that “if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket.” He has also been known to use racial slurs on Twitter. On his support for Trump in 2016, he has apologized, saying that he was sorry for helping get him elected. Contrary to his 2016 stance, he has come out as a hardline anti-Trump force, calling him a “narcissist,” “unfit,” and “a child” on social media and in interviews.The most recent announcement came from former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. He polls at around two percent according to Fox News, and isn’t seen as a credible threat to the President. So far, he has criticized his state government for cancelling the primary vote in his state, and criticized Trump for his failure to reduce the national deficit. “We have a storm coming that we are neither talking about nor preparing for given that we, as a country, are more financially vulnerable than we have ever been since our Nation’s start and the Civil War,” he said in an interview. We are on a collision course with financial reality.”

Photo Credit: Boston Herald (left), Washington Post (center) and CNN (right)

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