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.), who is running a primary challenge against President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE, slammed the GOP officials Monday for allowing state Republican parties to cancel their primaries and caucuses.
“They’re on their knees prostrated before their king,” Walsh told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “This is absolute undemocratic bullshit.”
Walsh added that Trump is “in cahoots with the Republican Party to disenfranchise voters” and that Republicans are “denying Americans the right to vote” by canceling nominating contests.
Republicans are "on their knees prostrated before their king," says Joe Walsh, a Republican challenging Pres. Trump, on the state of his party and its move to cancel primaries in several states. Trump is "in cahoots with the Republican Party to disenfranchise voters." pic.twitter.com/aJyLqTA5c7— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 10, 2019
“Forget about the money, forget about all of that. That’s a bunch of BS,” he said. “They’re doing this because they’re afraid. The Republican Party is afraid because this president is imploding every single day.”
Walsh’s comments come after Republican parties in Kansas, South Carolina and Arizona announced over the weekend that they were canceling their nominating contests in a boost for Trump. Nevada will reportedly follow suit.
The state parties have argued that canceling the proceedings will save money that can be put toward other races.
Walsh told MSNBC’s Ari Melber last week that allowing states to cancel primaries and caucuses is “undemocratic BS,” adding: “This is not North Korea or Russia. Donald Trump is trying to eliminate elections.”
Walsh was a vocal supporter of Trump during his 2016 campaign and early on in his presidency, but he has since grown increasingly critical of the president before announcing his GOP primary challenge. Walsh is joined by former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Mark SanfordMark SanfordMark Sanford calls Graham 'a canary in the coalmine' on GOP's relationship with Trump Top cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (R-S.C.) in challenging Trump in the primary.