Trump dismissed challengers as ‘a total joke’ and defended states scrapping GOP primaries

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Only three Republicans so far have challenged the president for the Republican presidential nomination: former Massachusetts governor William Weld, former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh, and former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford.
  • President Donald Trump’s three primary challengers have prompted Republican leaders in the states of Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina to consider scrapping their 2020 primaries.
  • Trump defended the states’ actions, saying they just “don’t want to waste their money” because his challengers “are considered to be a laughingstock.”



President Donald Trump has defended the decisions of some Republican officials to scrap the primaries and caucuses in their states.

Trump dismissed his challengers on Monday as he talked to reporters outside the White House before his rally in North Carolina. He remarked, “The three people are a total joke. They’re a joke. They’re a laughingstock.”

Only three Republicans so far have challenged the president for the Republican presidential nomination: former Massachusetts governor William Weld, former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh, and former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford.

Trump continued to mock his challengers, saying “I don’t know them” when asked whether he was willing to debate them. He pointed out their polling numbers as compared to his significant support among Republicans.

“I guess it’s a publicity stunt. To be honest, I’m not looking to give them any credibility. They have no credibility,” Trump declared.

The three challengers have prompted Republican leaders in the states of Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina to consider scrapping their 2020 primaries. Trump claimed that he had “nothing to do with” the states’ actions, but he did criticize the nominating contests as “very expensive” for state parties.

The states’ decisions could further minimize the support for the president’s long-shot primary challengers.

Trump concluded, “The four states that canceled it don’t want to waste their money. If there was a race, they would certainly want to do that, but they are considered to be a laughingstock.”

 

Source: Politico

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