Joe Walsh urges Republicans to 'say publicly what you think privately' about Trump

Former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out The Memo: 'Hillbilly Elegy' author binds himself to Trump after past criticism Joe Walsh says radio show canceled due to Trump criticism MORE (R-Ill.), the one-term congressman and radio host who has launched a primary challenge to President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE, urged Republicans to express publicly what they say in private about Trump. 

"I've been in conservative talk radio for the last five years, and the people I talk to generally privately tell me 'I can't stand him, but Joe, the Democrats are socialists' or 'I can't stand him Joe, but I like my tax cuts,'" Walsh said in a CNN interview on Monday. 

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"The bet I'm making with this campaign and our slogan is be brave, which is come on out. Say publicly what you believe privately," he added.

Walsh also said he believes he can defeat Trump. 

"I'm doing this to win," he said."Who in their right mind ... would take this on ... if they didn't think they could win?"

Polling has consistently shown strong Republican support for the president. 

Walsh announced Sunday that he was running against Trump as a Republican. He is the second person to challenge Trump in the primaries: former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMassachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection Youngkin should blaze a post-Trump trail for the GOP The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE (R) joined the race earlier this year.