Donald Trump called Monday his Republican primary competition & # 39; The Three Stooges & # 39; and mocked Mark Sanford for his & # 39; Appalachian Trail & # 39; fake scandal after the former governor ravaged by scandals entered the GOP field.
Sanford on Sunday announced his long-running attempt to challenge the president, joining former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former congressman Joe Walsh added in the GOP primary.
& # 39; When the former Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, @ MarkSanford, was reported missing, only to say he was away on the Appalachian Trail when he was found in Argentina with his friend Flaming Dancer , it sounded like his political career was over. It was so, & Trump wrote Trump on Twitter Monday morning.
& # 39; But then he ran to the convention and won, only to lose his re-election after I had tweeted my approval for his opponent on election day. But take courage now, he is back and running to the President of the United States. The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will try! & # 39; he added.
Donald Trump called his Republican primary competition & # 39; The Three Stooges & # 39;
Mark Sanford, known for his & # 39; Appalachian Trail & # 39; cheat scandal, joined the GOP primary Sunday
All three of Trump's challengers face long chances of beating the current president.
Trump has 88 percent approval ratings among Republicans at the latest Follow a Gallup survey plus he has the support of the party and deep fundraising, he raised $ 105 million in the second quarter of the year alone.
Sanford became the subject of national ridicule in June 2009 – during his time as governor – when his location became unknown.
His staff had not heard from him for four days and his family did not know where he was.
He told people that he went hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but that he was in Argentina with his mistress.
In the waiting fall-out, his wife Jenny divorced him and was formally censored by the South Carolina legislator. He later became engaged to his mistress, María Belén Chapur, but that ended in a public breach in 2014, when Sanford wrote a Facebook message of 2,400 words about the status of their relationship.
He returned politically in 2013 when he won a special election for the Lower House.
Sanford, who supported the 2016 Trump campaign, later criticized the president's immigration policy and encouraged Trump to release his tax return.
The president turned against him in the 2018 primary and Sanford lost to a GOP challenger after Trump lobbied him a personal attack hours before the polls closed.
At the time, President Sanford threw as & # 39; very useless for me in my campaign & # 39; and & # 39; nothing but problems & # 39 ;. He mocked Sanford's political scandal and claimed that he had disappeared for the & # 39; Tallahassee Trail & # 39; to walk, incorrectly stating the name of the footpath.
Sanford is preparing for a presidential bid since July, but told DailyMail.com in a phone call on Sunday that he does not yet have campaign staff or national infrastructure.
& # 39; I just take it one by one every day. This is a daunting task. I have acknowledged – I get all the different things that make Herculean, and David and Goliath and all that kind of thing, & he said. & # 39; But you know, all you can do is what you can do, and today it was about planting a flag. & # 39;
But Sanford, Walsh and Weld have great opportunities.
It is difficult to drop an incumbent in a primary and Trump is helped by the fact that four states will cancel their caucuses and primaries – guaranteeing them their delegates without having to compete.
The state Republican parties in Arizona, South Carolina and Kansas are on their way to cancel their primary in 2020, and Nevada is on its way to get its caucus.
The efforts are part of an attempt to set the table for a smooth Trump re-nomination at the GOP & # 39; s national convention in Charlotte, four years after he came to power in part through the & # 39; rigged & # 39; political system.
Sanford told DailyMail.com that South Carolina's decision to cancel the election is particularly worrying, given its status as one of the first states to vote every presidential cycle.
Former American representative from Illinois Joe Walsh (left) and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld (right) announced earlier this summer that they are active in the 2020 Republican
Trump named his GOP competition & # 39; The Three Stooges & # 39; to the comic characters in the television show from the fifties
& # 39; It is what it is. But it certainly does not indicate strength, & he offered. & # 39; Again, it was not decisive for us in the end. What we hope to promote is a much larger national debate. & # 39;
Walsh also annulled the decision to cancel primaries and caucuses.
The former Congressman from Illinois tweeted Friday: & # 39; So to protect their king, the Republican party is actually going to eliminate elections. Defend these Trump supporters. I dare you. & # 39;
He added another tweet: & # 39; Remember all those times in 2016 when Donald Trump accused Democrats of running the system & # 39; rigging & # 39; to ensure that Hillary was nominated? I do. Well look here … the lying hypocrite tries to "rig" the system in 2020. & # 39;
Trump has built up a huge lead among Republicans in opinion polls. He leads his Weld, his biggest challenger, with 83 to 17 percent in the latest Emerson survey.
Weld has also canceled the cancellation, saying that the country does not elect President & # 39; by acclimation & # 39 ;.
He tweeted on Friday: & # 39; Donald Trump, alternately arrogant and paranoid, has made no secret of the fact that he wants to be crowned as president rather than elected. Perhaps that is good in a monarchy, but we collapsed ours two centuries ago. & # 39;
The movements are not unprecedented. South Carolina also had no primaries in 1984 and 2004, when Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were looking for re-election.
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