UPDATED 11:35 AM PT — Monday, September 9, 2019
President Trump recently blasted his GOP challengers by referring to them as the “three stooges.” He specifically took aim at former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford, who announced his presidential bid Sunday.
The president blasted Sanford over his extramarital affair in 2009. Sanford had been reported missing after he told his staff he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but later admitted he was having an affair with his mistress in Argentina.
Sanford won a congressional seat despite the scandal, but the president said he lost reelection in 2018 after he endorsed his opponent.
…but then he ran for Congress and won, only to lose his re-elect after I Tweeted my endorsement, on Election Day, for his opponent. But now take heart, he is back, and running for President of the United States. The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will give it a go!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019
In an interview Monday, Sanford laid out why he is running against the president:
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) September 9, 2019
President Trump went on to blast his GOP challengers as “badly failed candidates.”