Former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshBottom line ABC’s Whoopi Goldberg to headline Biden fundraiser with Sen. Tammy Duckworth Trump shares video of protesters confronting reporter: ‘FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL’ MORE (R-Ill.), who is running a primary challenge against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, slammed the GOP officials Monday for allowing state Republican parties to cancel their primaries and caucuses.
“They’re on their knees prostrated before their king,” Walsh told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “This is absolute undemocratic bullshit.”
Walsh added that Trump is “in cahoots with the Republican Party to disenfranchise voters” and that Republicans are “denying Americans the right to vote” by canceling nominating contests.
Republicans are “on their knees prostrated before their king,” says Joe Walsh, a Republican challenging Pres. Trump, on the state of his party and its move to cancel primaries in several states. Trump is “in cahoots with the Republican Party to disenfranchise voters.” pic.twitter.com/aJyLqTA5c7
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“Forget about the money, forget about all of that. That’s a bunch of BS,” he said. “They’re doing this because they’re afraid. The Republican Party is afraid because this president is imploding every single day.”
Walsh’s comments come after Republican parties in Kansas, South Carolina and Arizona announced over the weekend that they were canceling their nominating contests in a boost for Trump. Nevada will reportedly follow suit.
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The state parties have argued that canceling the proceedings will save money that can be put toward other races.
Walsh told MSNBC’s Ari Melber last week that allowing states to cancel primaries and caucuses is “undemocratic BS,” adding: “This is not North Korea or Russia. Donald Trump is trying to eliminate elections.”
Walsh was a vocal supporter of Trump during his 2016 campaign and early on in his presidency, but he has since grown increasingly critical of the president before announcing his GOP primary challenge. Walsh is joined by former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party Trump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries MORE (R-S.C.) in challenging Trump in the primary.