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Ex-US congressman set to challenge Trump

Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. [Flickr]
Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, DC [Flickr]

US President Donald Trump will face a primary challenge ahead of the fall 2020 elections from a former one-term congressman, the ex-lawmaker announced on Sunday, Anadolu reports.

Making the announcement on U.S. television network ABC, Joe Walsh, former Republican congressman for the Midwestern state of Illinois, accused Trump of incompetence, adding that he “lies virtually every time he opens his mouth” and “stokes bigotry.”

“Friends, I’m in. We can’t take four more years of Donald Trump. And that’s why I’m running for President,” Walsh also said on Twitter.

Walsh’s campaign slogan is “Be Brave.”

READ: Trump’s racism and his campaign for a second term 

After serving one term in Congress in 2011-2013, Walsh became a conservative radio talk show host.

Most political analysts see Walsh having little chance against Trump, who enjoys support among Republican voters nationwide of some 80%.

This April former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced his own primary challenge to Trump, but so far has received little support.

The next US presidential election is set for Nov. 3, 2020.

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