Former Republican Congressman Calls for Political ‘Revolution’ Among GOP — and Has Eye-Opening Words About Violence
The Republican Party is on the cusp of a revolution, and the possibility of violence cannot be ruled out, according to former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh.
“I think that we’ve begun a third American revolution,” Walsh told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview over the weekend. “I think people who recoil against both parties and believe in freedom are finally rising up. They’re angry — I mean, look at [Republican frontrunner Donald] Trump — and they want to do something about it. I think we’re at the beginning of this, and I think you’re going to see it play out in the Republican Party because there could be a split in the Republican Party.”
According to Walsh, the first step for “revolutionaries” — or, conservatives, Tea Partiers and grassroots activists — is to “clean out the Republican Party.” If that does not work, he said, a new political party or movement could be on the horizon.
“It’s hard to say, ‘don’t’ be afraid of it,’ because we don’t know what’s going to happen,” Walsh, 53, said. “Remember, revolution is a scary term. It implies violence; it implies open rebellion. People shouldn’t be afraid because initially we’re going to use the political system in this revolt to try to fight back.”
“It’s not going to get violent at first, but look, the two prior revolutions we had got violent — the American Revolution and the Civil War,” the one-term congressman continued. “Our founders believed that it may take violence to take back our country every now and then.”
Walsh, a conservative radio host, told TheBlaze that some 2016 presidential contenders have utilized similar rhetoric as his — including Trump who he said did it “accidentally” by tapping into Americans’ anger — but none to the same extent as him. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, he said, was also tapping into this idea of a revolution, but the libertarian-leaning candidate is “fading away.”
“So none of the Republican candidates will go there yet, because when I say revolution, I’m also talking about potentially overthrowing the Republican Party, and no Republican candidate wants to say that yet,” he said.