Donald Trump didn’t hold back last night when tweeting about the Republican candidates running against him in the 2020 election cycle.
While he didn’t technically name any names, he made it clear who he was talking about – and what he really thought about them.
In the tweet, he calls the 3 men he is talking about “the three stooges”, once again using a derogatory nickname instead of addressing them personally. Trump has often done this for his Democratic rivals, famously calling Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’.
He appears to be referring to Mark Sanford, Joe Walsh, and Bill Weld. Sanford hasn’t even announced that he wishes to run against Trump, though he has been outspoken in his opinions of the President, and the damage he is potentially doing to the GOP.
Walsh announced this past weekend that he will run for the Republican nomination. In his announcement, he called the President “unfit” for his position, and referred to him as “a child”. Weld has been in the race since April.
His tweet starts by saying that he has a 94% approval rating in the Republican party while the “Three Stooges” run against him. While that number is a little high according to most polls, it does show an approval rating that is generally over 80% among all Republicans.
He refers to the first candidate as “Mr. Appalachian Trail”, saying he was actually in Argentina for “bad reasons”. This is a clear reference to Sanford, who in 2009 claimed he was out “hiking the Appalachian trail” when he went missing. Sanford was really in Argentina having an extramarital affair.
Another is “one-time BAD Congressman from Illinois” who lost his second term and then “failed in radio”, referencing Joe Walsh, former GOP congressman and host of a conservative talk radio show.
“The third is a man who couldn’t stand up straight while receiving an award.” This is apparently a comment against Bill Weld, who collapsed at the podium during a commencement ceremony in 1996. Trump really had to throw it way back to get that reference.
Weld recently called for Trump’s impeachment. So far, he has been running for several months and has failed to receive more than single-digit support in the polls from Republicans.
He ended his tweet with “I think I can handle them!”.
Most experts don’t expect anyone to be able to unseat Trump, so it’s unclear why he felt the need to attack his competition so aggressively.