Ex-GOP lawmaker Joe Walsh says Trump 'needs' a primary challenge

Ex-GOP lawmaker Joe Walsh says Trump 'needs' a primary challenge
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Former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.) said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE "needs" someone to challenge him in the 2020 Republican primary.

“I think this president needs a challenge," Walsh said when asked by CNN's Brooke Baldwin if he would support a challenger to Trump.

Walsh, a conservative radio host and frequent critic of Trump, made the comment while discussing his former colleagues' reaction to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The report was released to the public last week, and Walsh criticized congressional Republicans for staying quiet about what Walsh called Trump's "dishonest" and "unethical" behavior as detailed in the report.

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"I don't know how anybody can read this report and think 'this is behavior that we want in our president,'" he said.

Walsh, who has said he voted for Trump in 2016, called Mueller's report an “incredibly damning portrait” of the president.

“Criminal behavior, who knows?” he added. “But boy, dishonest, immoral, unethical? Heck yes, it is. And I’ll tell you, Brooke, every Republican on Capitol Hill agrees with what I just said. They can’t say that publicly.”

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Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) have also been floated as potential challengers.

Any challenger would likely face long odds in a primary bid. The Republican National Committee has already voted to express its “undivided support” for Trump as its 2020 nominee, and Trump's reelection campaign has staffed up with party insiders to line up its delegate strategy well ahead of the party's convention.