An article at The Washington Examiner chronicles Trump challenger Joe Walsh’s long history of incendiary statements. These include his use of the n-word, an ethnic slur directed at his fellow Irishmen, lamenting the “pussification” of America (said in resposne to a hockey player’s one-game suspension for using the word fag during play), and threats of violence, including his claim in a 2016 tweet vowing that “if Trump loses [the election], I’m grabbing my musket.” (Yes, he has also been pro-Trump, though that’s another story.)
In spite of all this, Walsh insists he’s not a racist. To clarify, in the candidate’s view, he is not a racist even he has “said racist things on Twitter”:
Joe Walsh on MSNBC: "I wouldn’t call myself a racist, but I’ve said racist things on Twitter.”
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 26, 2019
Now that that’s cleared up, are we safe in assuming that now that Walsh has thrown his hat in the ring, he will dispense with his incendiary language? Don’t bet on it. Here he is on MSNBC with Nicole Wallace, who asks, “Why do you think that you can get farther than the 16 Republicans that ran against him?” Walsh’s answer? “Because I’m going to hit Donald Trump, I’m going to punch him in the face every single day.”
Again, in fairness to Walsh he was not being literal in his threat of violence.
So now that he is reformed, will he please explain the unanswered allegations leveled against him in 2012 that he owed his ex-wife $117,000 in child support?