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Walsh is facing a tough battle, largely because of Trump's popularity within the GOP and a major competing challenge from the former Massachusetts governor. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldJoe Walsh urges Republicans to "publicly say what you think privately" about Trump Joe Walsh says he's "partly responsible for Trump's Sunday broadcasts" – The White House highlights the Trump's determination in the commercial fight with China while the GOP challenger appears (R), but also because of its history of controversial comments.
Although Walsh apologized for some of the division remarks, these could still haunt the former Illinois legislator who would try to attract moderate voters into the party.
Here are five times that Walsh has provoked negative reactions by making controversial remarks.
Muslim Obama Appellant
On several occasions, Walsh tweeted the conspiracy theory that former President Obama is a Muslim, in addition to tweeting other feelings generally considered anti-Muslim. On December 31, 2016, Walsh tweeted "Obama is a Muslim. Happy New Year! "And tweeted several similar comments. He also disagreed with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro a few days earlier, when Shapiro had declared that Obama was not a Muslim.
Obama is a Muslim
Happy New Year!
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 1, 2017
.@benshapiro is usually on the spot. But Ben says "Obama is not a Muslim of course …"
Uh no. Obama is a Muslim. In his head and in his heart. https://t.co/kNapGObT8P
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 28, 2016
Walsh has since apologized for his comments, but hinted that Obama was partially to blame by tweeting August 14, 2019: "I do not believe Obama is a Muslim. And I continue to apologize for ever saying that. I constantly let my disgust of his policy towards Israel take over me. But I do not think he's a friend of Israel either. "
No, I do not think Obama is a Muslim. And I continue to apologize for ever saying that. I constantly let my disgust of his policy towards Israel take over me. But I do not think he's a friend of Israel either.
thank you Scott.
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 14, 2019
In October 2017, Walsh claimed that a video of Muslims praying in public proved that "Islam has conquered Europe. In February 2018, he congratulated Hungary's far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban for declaring: "The decline of Christianity and the rise of Islam are killing Europe".
Islam has conquered Europe. Without firing a shot. https://t.co/BrBC6bJdlL
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 3, 2017
Walsh also apologized for his anti-Muslim remarks, tweeting this week: "I've said hurtful things about Islam. Excuse yourself for that.
Yes. I have said hurtful things about Islam. Excuse me for that. I stand by what I said about Islamism. Thank you.
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 23, 2019
& # 39; Grab my rifle & # 39;
Walsh was a strong supporter of Trump during the 2016 campaign and at the beginning of his presidency.
In October 2016, while most political forecasters were still waiting for a Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Morning's Morning Report – Trump announces the resumption of trade talks between China and China and welcomes a potential trade with Japan and the United Kingdom. Juan Williams: The true story of Trump's attack on me raises issues for the Virginia legislature. To win the election, Walsh tweeted, "On November 8, I vote for Trump. On November 9, if Trump loses, I take my rifle. Are you in?
On November 8, I vote for Trump.
On November 9, if Trump loses, I take my rifle.
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 26, 2016
A few days later, pressed by CNN Jake TapperAccording to Jacob (Jake) Paul TapperButtigieg, voting for Trump is "at best" an inverted look at racism. The White House trade advisor said that Chinese tariffs do not hurt the United States. MORE Walsh challenged this qualification and said, "It means protesting, participating in acts of civil disobedience, doing what it takes to get our country back."
He made a similar comment in June 2017 tweeting "Screw speaks of" bipartisanship ". This country is at war with itself. Choose your side and choose it now. Take your musket and get ready.
We speak of "bipartisanship". This country is at war with itself. Choose your side and choose it now. Take your rifle and get ready.
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 17, 2017
Walsh said he had lost trust in Trump after the Helsinki summit in 2018, in which Trump stood alongside the Russian president Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTrump said that he would invite "certainly" Putin to participate in the G-7 summit next year. Putin built a hypersonic arsenal, while the Pentagon slept. Trump said his Miami golf complex was ready to welcome the next G-7. and stated that he did not accept that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
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Walsh, who was elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave in 2010, lost his seat in the House in 2012 to the benefit of Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), A former lieutenant-colonel of the United States. American army who lost both his legs in a helicopter crash in Iraq. in 2004.
When re-elected, Walsh accused Duckworth of insisting too much on his military service by saying in the July campaign: "My God, that's all she's talking about." Our real heroes, the men and women who we served, are the last thing to do. " the world they talk about. "
In response, Duckworth campaign manager Kaitlin Fahey told the Chicago Tribune that Walsh's comments "insult those who sacrificed themselves to make this country free."
Walsh insisted he did not mean that Duckworth was not a hero, claiming he "called her" a hero hundreds of times. "He lost to Duckworth by 10 percentage points .
Comment on racial and police brutality
Walsh has often criticized the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) after losing its seat in Congress and becoming a radio host. In July 2016, after being killed by five policemen and wounded nine others, including two civilians, by an elite gunman, during a protest against the assassinations of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Walsh blamed the organizers of the demonstration, who had condemned the killings.
"It's now war, pay attention to Obama, pay attention to the Black Lives Matter punks, the real America is chasing you," tweeted Walsh. He then deleted the tweet and said in a follow-up: "I did not call the violence, against Obama or whoever, the words of Obama and the actions of BLM killed cops. it's time for us to defend our cops. "
I did not call for violence, against Obama or whoever. Obama's words and BLM's actions killed cops. It's time for us to defend our cops.
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 8, 2016
In September 2017, after Stevie Wonder had a knee at a concert in tribute to former NFL player Colin Kaepernick's protest against police firing African-Americans, Walsh called the singer "Black multimillionaire ungrateful".
Stevie Wonder takes a knee for the anthem during a concert.
Another ungrateful black multi-millionaire. https://t.co/bpvuGJXLd7
– Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) September 24, 2017
Scream to voters
At a public meeting in November 2011 in the Chicago area, Walsh shouted to voters who suggested that tighter banking regulations are needed to avoid another financial crisis.
"Do not blame the banks … it pisses me off," says Walsh in a recording of the event. When a woman asks Walsh to acknowledge that financial institutions are "exploiting the situation," he gets closer to her and engages in a screaming match, concluding by "exclaiming" need more coffee! "
Walsh later stated that he had apologized to the woman, Melissa Rakestraw, assertion that she had disputed. "If he's excused, it's gone," Rakestraw told the Chicago Tribune.