'Never Trump' means never: Ex-GOP lawmaker Joe Walsh says he’d vote for Sanders

Former GOP lawmaker Joe Walsh ― once a favorite of the tea party movement ― says he hardly agrees with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on anything. 

But if Sanders is the Democratic nominee, Walsh says, he’ll not only vote for him but will campaign for him, too, to help beat President Donald Trump

“I’d rather have a socialist in the White House than a con man,” he wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post

Walsh was initially a Trump supporter, but last year he apologized for “helping to put an unfit con man in the White House” as well as for his own extremist rhetoric over the years.

He launched a long-shot primary challenge against Trump but dropped out earlier this month after receiving just 1% in the Iowa caucus. 

He wrote that he’s now committed to voting for whoever wins the nomination on the Democratic side because “never Trump” truly means “never Trump.” 

And he called out fellow members of the GOP’s “Never Trump” movement for wavering based on who becomes the Democratic nominee. 

He wrote: 

“I hate to break it to you, but if you’re really never-Trump, then you know there’s no except-if-he’s-a-socialist footnote. There’s no but-she’s-way-too-professor-ish clause. Nothing in the fine print says the only acceptable Democratic alternative is another arrogant billionaire. I thought this was understood.”

Walsh, author of “F*ck Silence: Calling Trump Out for the Cultish, Moronic, Authoritarian Con Man He Is,” says Trump is a bigger threat to America than any of Sanders’s policy proposals. 

“If he’s the nominee, I won’t just vote for him,” he wrote. “I’ll campaign for him.”

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FILE - In this July 27, 2011 file photo, Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill. addresses a Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Thursday, July 28, 2011, that Walsh's ex-wife, Laura Walsh has sued her ex-husband for more than $117,000 in what she says is unpaid child support and interest. Laura Walsh filed the claim in December in their divorce case. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010 file photo, then-Rep.-elect Joe Walsh, R-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Thursday, July 28, 2011, that Walsh's ex-wife, Laura Walsh has sued her ex-husband for more than $117,000 in what she says is unpaid child support and interest. Laura Walsh filed the claim in December in their divorce case. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh speaks to constituents during a town hall at Harper College in the Wojcik Conference Center in Palatine, Illinois, Monday, August 8, 2011. The new congressman's emergence as a national advocate of fiscal responsibility has capped a remarkable and unlikely journey for a North Barrington, Illinois, native who has struggled with financial problems and legal disputes and has dramatically shifted some political positions along the way. (Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh speaks to constituents during a town hall at Harper College in the Wojcik Conference Center in Palatine, Illinois, Monday, August 8, 2011. The new congressman's emergence as a national advocate of fiscal responsibility has capped a remarkable and unlikely journey for a North Barrington, Illinois, native who has struggled with financial problems and legal disputes and has dramatically shifted some political positions along the way. (Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) applauds a speaker Monday, April 18, 2011 during a tax day rally in Daley Plaza, Chicago, Illinois. The new congressman's emergence as a national advocate of fiscal responsibility has capped a remarkable and unlikely journey for a North Barrington, Illinois, native who has struggled with financial problems and legal disputes and has dramatically shifted some political positions along the way. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Joe Walsh and his wife Helene Walsh walk near the U.S. Capitol, Monday, November 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The new congressman's emergence as a national advocate of fiscal responsibility has capped a remarkable and unlikely journey for a North Barrington, Illinois, native who has struggled with financial problems and legal disputes and has dramatically shifted some political positions along the way. (Brendan Hoffman/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
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