On Sunday, Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor, announced that he will challenge Donald Trump in the GOP primaries.
Sanford stated 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 “Fox News Sunday,” claiming that the party “has lost our way.”
Sanford made a specific reference to the “debt, deficit and government spending.” Several other conservatives have expressed concerns about these issues when Trump helped Congress pass a spending bill that increases spending caps and suspends the debt ceiling, which allowed for more government borrowing until July 31, 2021.
Sanford has also challenged Trump’s tactics when it comes to trade. He stated that “engaging the world when it comes to trade is one of the hallmarks of the Republican Party.”
Sanford also brought up political culture, which he says Trump has severely “damaged.”
“We need to have a conversation about humility,” Sanford said as he blasted Trump’s social media habits by claiming that a tweet “is not leadership.”
Sanford says that earlier this summer he was still struggling with the decision on whether he should run. He admits, “I don’t think anybody’s going to beat Donald Trump.”
When asked why he would run in a race he doesn’t believe he can win he shared, “this is the beginning of a long walk, but it begins with a first step.”
Sanford the third Republican 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.
Not long after Weld and Walsh announced they would run against Trump the Republican parties of Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina were looking to scrap their primaries and caucuses.
“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.
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.https://t.co/EzHZ2yeFxJ
— Gov. Bill Weld (@GovBillWeld) September 6, 2019
“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,” Weld tweeted.