Joe Walsh Loses Radio Show After Announcing Trump Challenge as He Apologizes for ‘Racist’ Tweets

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 27, 2019 Updated: August 27, 2019

New Republican presidential candidate Joe Walsh said that he was dropped from his national radio show after announcing his challenge to President Donald Trump.

“I just found out that I lost my national radio show, so that’s gone,” Walsh, 57, told CNN anchor John Berman. “But I figured that might happen.”

“Why?” Berman asked.

“I don’t know why,” the former representative from Illinois responded. “I just got a notice before I came into the studio. I’m running for president. I oppose this president. Most of my listeners support the president. It’s not an easy thing to do to be in conservative talk radio and oppose this president.”

He said that up to 90 percent of the audience for the show supports the president, an estimate close to polls that show strong Republican support for Trump.

“No more radio show, but that’s OK,” Walsh said. “I’m going to campaign full time. … This was a difficult thing to do, yes, but I believe it’s urgent because this president is a danger. We cannot let him get elected for another four years.”

According to Radio Ink, Salem Radio Networks, which syndicates the radio show, is canceling distribution of the show on Sept. 26.

Walsh pushed back after CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota noted the high approval numbers for Trump as well as his “huge war chest.”

“Are you doing this to just cause some sort of groundswell, like you just said, or do you actually think that you stand a chance against President Trump?” she asked.

“Yes, I’m doing this to win. I mean, who in their right mind, Alisyn, would take this on if they didn’t? I know. Look at that look you’re giving me. Look at the look you’re giving me. If they didn’t think they could win.”

He said he waited for someone else to step up but nobody did.

“And if we don’t, I realized this past week, the Republican Party’s going to regret it. But the country will be in danger.”

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Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 15, 2011. (Carolyn Kaster, File/AP Photo)

Camerota then turned to some of Walsh’s past posts on Twitter, including one from 2017 that said: “We lowered the bar for [President Barack] Obama. He was held to a lower standard, because he was black.”

In 2014, Walsh wrote: “It appears I can say ‘Redskins,’ which is supposedly offensive, but when I say other words, they hit a commercial. If Redskins is just like the ‘N’ word, why can I say ‘Redskins’ on the air without being dumped out into a commercial? Found out if I say ‘Redskins’ or ‘cracker’ or ‘redneck Bible thumper,’ I could stay on. But if I say the ‘N’ word or the ‘S’ word, they cut me off.”

Walsh said he was pushing for free speech but admitted he sent around 300 tweets he regrets.

“All I could do is do what we’re doing now, go through them one by one and apologize for some. That I used language in there, that tweet I shouldn’t have used, yes,” he said about another one in which he called Obama a Muslim.

Walsh said on ABC that he didn’t think Obama was a Muslim, adding, “I have apologized for that and that’s not an easy thing to do.”

“I think it’s a weakness not to apologize. I have—I helped—I helped create Trump. There’s no doubt about that, the personal, ugly politics. I regret that. And I’m sorry for that,” he said.

Asked if he would regret possibly weakening Trump in the primary, causing the president to lose and a Democrat to win in the general election, Walsh said he would not.

“I’m going to do whatever I can. I don’t want him to win,” he said. “I would rather get back to the place, George, where I’m sitting down next to a Democrat member of Congress and we’re arguing about capitalism and socialism, we’re arguing about ideas.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.