Trump Will Face a Serious Primary Challenge: Mark Sanford Is In

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Trump’s road to reelection just got rockier.

Mark Sanford, former South Carolina governor, former Congressman from South Carolina, will oppose Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination for president.

Though Sandford is not the first announced primary opponent, he is likely the most threatening.

“I plan to announce that back home this week.,” Sanford told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, adding, “But I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in.”

Sanford is the third Republican to announce a primary challenge to Trump, joining former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. After hinting at a run for months, Sanford said he would focus his bid on spending and the growing national debt.

I am no Republican, but I have always found Sanford to be competent, thoughtful, a unifier, and someone to whom I would listen. I held those thoughts long before he announced his challenge to Trump.

Trump has suspected for some time that Sanford – and the other announced candidates – would oppose him, and weeks ago sent out a tweet worded and reasoned in typical Trump fashion:

“Can you believe it? I’m at 94% approval in the Republican Party, and have Three Stooges running against me,” Trump tweeted last month. “One is ‘Mr. Appalachian Trail’ who was actually in Argentina for bad reasons. Another is a one-time BAD Congressman from Illinois who lost in his second term by a landslide, then failed in radio. The third is a man who couldn’t stand up straight while receiving an award. I should be able to take them!”

Sanford is the former governor caught having an affair with an Argentinian woman. Yet it is remarkable that Trump – the man who pays porn stars for sex and then pays them six figures to be quiet about it – would bring up such a mistake. But, we are talking about Donald Trump, man without shame.

Sanford seems to have made peace with his issues and moved on. His voice and opinions will add needed substance to the 2020 discussion.

Oh, and one other item of note:

Sanford’s announcement comes as his home state’s GOP canceled its 2020 primary following other states canceling their Republican primaries.

So it goes for people not named “Donald Trump” seeking the nomination of the Trumplican party for president.

We hope this ends the discussion about similarities between states that canceled primaries during the Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton campaigns.

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Jason

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Calmdown
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Nope. Not going to back down here. Once again, ALL Presidents seeking re-election in one way or another seek to squash their opponents and consolidate power within their parties before anyone can build momentum. It’s just a fact. Politics is a blood sport. The difference here is Trump has no filter. He isn’t nearly as skilled at hiding his intentions as the others you mention.

P J Evans
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Many presidents going for a second term don’t have opposition in their own party, because they’re reasonably competent at the job and people like them.

Bareshark
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Fine, don’t back down. You only make yourself look worse every time you bring it up without proof. So if you’re doing this to make yourself feel better, you’re succeeding. But if you’re trying to convince any of us, well, “you are faaaaailing!”

Calm Down
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I’m under no delusion that I will change your mind.

It’s interesting to me that this site is a mirror image of conservative sites. The difference is striking in that the approach to policies is more emotional here.

I truly don’t get how you can just discount how politicians from either side will consolidate power either clandestinely or right out front. They will do anything to remain in power.

Bareshark
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The impression you’re giving is that this is all part of some sort of conspiracy to keep whatever people you hate on top. I’ll admit that it is likely not the way you intend it. Nevertheless, THAT is how it comes across…and that’s just a bridge too far for me. It’s almost like you’re looking for something, ANYTHING, really to tell yourself that Trump is not the disaster he is. Also, I doubt those conservative sites you’re talking about are THAT lacking in emotion. Too many of them just cover their resentments with more obfuscating language. We’re a bit more… Read more »
Calmdown
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I will say this again because I think it is important for you to know. I was NeverTrump before it was a thing. This is where I am now. I have a choice to vote for an administration that is the most pro life in my lifetime or one that will be for abortion on demand. I can vote for an administration that protects my right to defend myself or one that wants to confiscate guns. I can vote for an administration that has put people back to work or one that I feel will enact taxes and regulations that… Read more »
Bareshark
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Circumstances have made us allies of convenience and nothing more. On the matter of Trump alone are we united. But if you want pity from me for where your end of the political spectrum has wound up, you have come to the wrong place. Until Trump is gone, helping out or staying out of the way are your only two realistic options, based on what you just said. Personally, I’m way over trying to understand the side that made Trump possible.

Calmdown
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Haha. Who asked for pity? I’ll just work harder to find a better option in 2024. For now, I’ll live with the progress actual conservative principles have made in the last few years. Supreme Court being one glaring example.

Bareshark
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Look for more than a little of that “progress” to disintegrate when Trump is gone. Nor will your options improve much by 2024. Much like Democrats by the end of the 1970s, you have years of the political wilderness ahead of you. Be prepared for hard work to try and fit into this century.

Calmdown
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The courts are looking to be pretty solid for conservative opinions for a long time. Just sayin’.

Bareshark
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A rearguard action at best…the turnover in judges will continue well beyond this decade and the GOP may well be on the verge of political irrelevance outside of states like my own. Those judges merely slow the policy but they are in anywhere but the driver’s seat. Legislation is where you can find the real steering wheel.

Lone Wolf
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The term “good behavior” is understood to mean justices may serve for the remainder of their lives, unless they are impeached and convicted by Congress, resign, or retire. Just sayin.

Lone Wolf
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You are missing it, again. To be clear, you’re not fooling anyone but yourself if you think by trying to play the ‘I flipped’ card, where you are, is of no importance, nor it is of any interest, so again, and because you’ve again missed the point just to be clear, we already ‘know your thing’
so иди трахни себя

Calmdown
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http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/29/obamas.first.campaign/ Please read this and then come back and tell me Obama didn’t actively squelch his competition in each of his elections. Here’s a quote…”As a community organizer, he had helped register thousands of voters. But when it came time to run for office, he employed Chicago rules to invalidate the voting petition signatures of three of his challengers. The move denied each of them, including incumbent Alice Palmer, a longtime Chicago activist, a place on the ballot. It cleared the way for Obama to run unopposed on the Democratic ticket in a heavily Democrat district. “That was Chicago politics,”… Read more »
Joseph
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Dude, you’re now engaged in “moving the goalposts.” You’ve gone now–in your Trumpian need to always be right–from talking about PRESIDENTIAL RE-ELECTIONS to talking about LOCAL elections and re-elections. I live in Alabama and it’s damned near impossible for someone to effectively challenge an incumbent; it is done, but, typically, the challenger barely gets even 10% of HIS PARTY’S PRIMARY vote and then he or she just slinks off, never to be heard from again. More importantly, in your little attack on Obama, you probably chose to ignore the part of the story that didn’t match your attack. Alice Palmer… Read more »
Calm Down
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You missed the point. Not surprised. To be clear, Obama eliminated his competition by any means available in his Senate election. It is naive to believe he didn’t explore every avenue available in his Presidential election including co opting state party structures.

Lone Wolf
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You like that ‘missed the point’, huh? Like only your point? Not surprised. Once again, to be clear…иди трахни себя