Former SC Rep. Mark Sanford May Run For President In 2020 UPDATE: Trump Campaign Manager Responds

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Posted: Jul 16, 2019 12:05 PM
Former SC Rep. Mark Sanford May Run For President In 2020 UPDATE: Trump Campaign Manager Responds

Source: AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File

UPDATE:

President Donald J. Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, responded to the news that former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford is considering a 2020 GOP presidential primary challenge. 

Parscale bluntly told the Wall Street Journal, "Whatever," upon hearing the news. 

ORIGINAL:

Former South Carolina congressman Mark Sanford is mulling a run for the presidency and entering the GOP 2020 primary. Sanford told a local paper Tuesday morning that he will use the next month to decide whether or not he should get in the race. 

“Sometimes in life you’ve got to say what you’ve got to say, whether there’s an audience or not for that message,” Sanford told The Post and Courier. “I feel convicted.”

Indeed, political experts are not sure that Sanford's "audience" exists at all. University of Virginia's Larry Sabato told the paper, "Is he a serious challenger to Trump? If you mean by serious challenger that he could beat Trump, the answer is no, but there are other ways to measure challenges."

“If he can make the argument against Trump, if he can really whatever remaining ‘Never Trumpers’ there are out there, then he could have an impact," Sabato continued. 

There is at least one person in America would support the run --  Rep. Justin Amash from Michigan. Amash, who is also losing his primary polling, recently announced that he was leaving the Republican Party because of his disagreements with President Trump.

Sanford lost his 2018 primary after the president lambasted him by saying, "He is nothing but trouble" and "Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA. He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!"