GOP presidential candidate Joe Walsh once advocated for arming American school children. Worse, he then turned around and lied about having done so, despite video evidence to the contrary.
Flash back to 2018, when the former congressman turned ranting anti-Trump zealot unwittingly appeared on comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s prank show “Who Is America?”
Cohen is the actor who became famous for playing “Borat.” He went on to start a prank show in which he pranks noted political figures — e.g., former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Georgia state Rep. Jason Spencer — by inviting them onto his show under false pretenses.
In Walsh’s case, he was invited onto the show “under the guise of being given a made-up award for his support for Israel,” according to a piece ran by The Washington Post on Tuesday.
But while on the program, Cohen reportedly convinced the former congressman to read from a script that called for arming Israeli children as young as three and four with weapons.
“The intensive three-week Kinderguardian course introduces specially selected children from 12 months to 4 years old to pistols, rifles, semiautomatics and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars,” Walsh said on camera. “In less than a month — less than a month — a first-grader can become a first grenade-er.”
While his appearance attracted attention at the time, it for the most part quickly blew over because Walsh was and remains a relative nobody with very little relevance. Plus, he wasn’t the only one who’d ever been fooled by Cohen’s stunts. Not by a long shot.
But with him having announced his candidacy against President Donald Trump this week, the Post decided to scrutinize his past. And in doing so, it asked him why he’d advocated on behalf of arming Israeli children with guns. The problem is that in replying, Walsh chose to lie.
“In an interview with The Fix this week, Walsh said that he had been duped and that he was reading from a script about a supposed program (dubbed ‘Kinderguardians’) in Israel,” the Post noted in a follow-up post Wednesday.
“The program was fictional, and he was one of several Republican figures tricked into endorsing it. But he emphasized that he had not endorsed the program for American children. Turns out that’s not true.”
How did the Post know? Because following the paper’s original report, Cohen published an extended take of the scene seen in the video clip above — and the take was damning.
“I endorse the Kinderguardians program for all schools in America,” Walsh says in the clip below. “When armed guards and armed teachers have, God forbid, been taken out, why should children be left with absolutely no means of defending themselves?”
“Never has an American generation been more equipped with the necessary hand-eye coordination to shoot. If a child can pull the trigger of a video game controller or a Nerf gun, he can pull the trigger of an Uzi. It’s obvious.”
“Toddlers do not understand the consequences of their actions, meaning that, again, saving vital time, they will kill without hesitation, then kill again until all the bad guys are gone. You know what? It’s pretty straightforward. When it comes to the safety of our children, the way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good child with a gun. Happy shooting, kids.”
Joe Walsh has launched his presidential campaign
with a lie. He’ll probably do very well. pic.twitter.com/o4TzJ1dKqQ
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) August 28, 2019
This glaring lie seems to speak volumes about Walsh’s true nature. For one, it suggests that he was also lying when he told the Post that what he’d said last year had just been part of an act.
“Yes, Sacha Baron Cohen got me,” he said to the outlet. “Good on him. But no, Joe Walsh does not believe 5- or 6-year olds should be armed and trained.”
Then why did he say what he said?
The former congressman’s lie may also speak to his potential incompetence and stupidity.
“[H]e lied about something when he knew that the evidence of his lie was out there and in the hands of someone who hates the GOP,” a RedState commentator has opined. “This isn’t mere dishonesty. This is lie told by a profoundly stupid man.”
He’s also someone who’s intensely disliked by a large swath of the GOP base. To members of the base, he’s nothing more than a “grifter” and “back-stabber.”
I believe in freedom. I believe in free markets. I believe in free trade. I believe in opportunity. I believe that no matter your color, no matter your creed, if you want to come here and you embrace the values of our Constitution, America welcomes you.
What team am I on?
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 30, 2019
The grifters team.
— CEO of Racism (@Natalie98155040) August 31, 2019
That’s easy. You’re on Team Grifter.
— BP ? (@PeckPolitics) August 30, 2019
Joe , you haven’t a hope in hell, we the Patriots love this President ?..we don’t vote for backstabber,s ,and we sure as hell won’t vote for you. Who’s backing you Joe, Soros.
— Parmaviolet (@Parmaviolet43) August 25, 2019
@WalshFreedom is the definition of untrustworthy. He is that guy that cheated on his wife & tells his girlfriend he is faithful. NEVER trust a backstabber. NEVER. Its intrinsic and traitors don’t rehabilitate. They will ALWAYS be traitors. Keep that in mind in 2020.
— NoRemorse?????? (@NoRemorseAFVET) August 25, 2019
Combined, that would make him a stupid, lying grifter and backstabber. Perhaps that should be his campaign slogan? Just a thought.
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