Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford gave the announcement on Sunday that he would be throwing his name in the running for the Republican nominee President, as he looks to take on President Trump in the GOP primaries.
Sanford is planning to run on the basis that the Republican Party is facing an identity crisis, and he wants the GOP to take a look at itself and do some soul searching.
“I think we have to have a conversation about what it means to be a Republican,” Sanford told said to Fox News Sunday claiming the party “has lost our way.”
Sanford also questioned Trump’s tactics on trade, arguing that engaging the world when it comes to trade is “one of the hallmarks of the Republican party.”
Sanford also challenged Trump’s tactics when it comes to trade, saying that engaging the world when it comes to trade is “one of the hallmarks of the Republican Party.”
He then blasted Trump for being innovative as a leader, claiming that his use of social media is “damaging” to our political culture.
“We need to have a conversation about humility,” Sanford said, blasting Trump’s social media habits by claiming that a tweet “is not leadership.”
Sanford’s challenge to Trump will go down as nothing more than a hiccup on Trumps path to reelection in 2020 and Sanford even said it himself. Earlier this summer, when Sanford was still deciding whether to run, he admitted, “I don’t think anybody’s going to beat Donald Trump.”
When pressed on why he is running a race that he knows he will likely lose, Sanford said, “this is the beginning of a long walk, but it begins with a first step.”
Sanford has quite a questionable past, including a stretch of nearly a week in 2009 during his term as governor, when he disappeared only to eventually admit that he was in Argentina having an extramarital affair. At the time, his spokesperson lied to cover the affair up, saying Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Sanford said he “profoundly apologized for that,” contrasting his remorse with Trump, who he said does not apologize for anything. Sanford was Suggesting that his affair, funded by taxpayers, was okay, simply because he apologized.
Trump poked fun at Sanford after his scandal was brought to light, but Sanford insisted that his campaign against the president was not personal.
Sanford’s announcement marks him as the third traitor among Republicans to announce a run against Trump in the primaries, with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh previously announcing their campaigns.
Following the announcements by Weld and Walsh that they were going to run against Trump, a Politico article a number of states, in support of Trump, were looking to scrap their primaries.
“Trump and his allies and the Republican National Committee are doing whatever they can do to eliminate primaries in certain states and make it very difficult for primary challengers to get on the ballot in a number of states,” Walsh told Politico.
Weld reacted by tweeting, “Donald Trump, by turns arrogant and paranoid, has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to be crowned as president rather than elected. That might be fine in a monarchy, but we overthrew ours two centuries ago.”
These moves by the GOP, simply show how wholeheartedly in support of the President the party is, and how unwilling to lose him they are.