Former Congressman Joe Walsh announced on Sunday that he will run against Trump in the 2020 Republican primary. And he has moved to recruit George Conway, a conservative lawyer and fierce Trump critic, to work in a senior role on his 2020 campaign, according to The New York Times.
The NY Times reported that Walsh and Conway met on Thursday and discussed campaign strategy going forward, after which Walsh formally asked Conway if he would join the operation.
If Conway accepted the offer, it will make the 2020 elections a nightmare for Trump. His wife, Kellyanne, is Trump’s White House counselor and also managed his 2016 campaign.
“I think Walsh’s plan to attack Trump for his dishonesty, amorality, instability, and incompetence is absolutely the right approach, and I’ll do whatever I can to help,” Conway said in a statement to The Times.
Indeed, Conway’s own rise to internet fame stems from his scathing critiques of White House dysfunction and Trump’s mental state.
Earlier this week, when Trump called himself “the chosen one,” Conway said the remark was further evidence that Trump is not mentally fit to serve as president.
“So, Mr. Vice President, members of the Cabinet, members of Congress, what’s it going to take for you all to acknowledge what you and we all know: that the President of the United States is mentally unstable and unfit to serve?” he tweeted. He added, “To @WhiteHouse Staff: Seriously, it’s time to call these guys. Time to get him in the chopper up to Bethesda.”
Last year, Conway said another reason he did not join the Trump administration is that it is “like a s—show in a dumpster fire.”
Trump also pulled no punches and lashed out at Conway on Twitter, calling him “Mr. Kellyanne Conway” and a “stone cold LOSER & a husband from hell!”
In a Washington Post profile last year, Conway said he regretted introducing his wife to Trump.
George suggested that if Trump and Kellyanne were ever to be forced out of office — a notion he reportedly had no qualms with — it would be the fault of the president.
“If there’s an issue,” George told The Post, “it’s because she’s in that job, for that man.”
“If my wife were the counselor to the CEO of Pepsi and I had a problem with her boss, I would simply drink my Coke and keep my mouth shut,” George said. “If the president were simply mediocre or even bad, I’d have nothing to say. This is much different.”
“I’m just saddened by how things turned out,” he added.