Are you a #NeverTrumper? Would you love to see the Republican Party’s foothold in Washington uprooted by a GOP outsider shoveling out the current red state president? (Wait — didn’t we already have a GOP outsider come in and shake it all up? Wanna shake up the shakeup?)
If so, there’s good news: newly-returned Republican Bill Weld is looking to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
On Friday, Bill confirmed the creation of his presidential exploratory committee.
The former Massachusetts governor (1991-1997) ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket in 2016. Last month, he re-registered as a Republican.
Bill tweeted that it’s “time for all people of good will to take a stand”:
"It is time for all people of good will to take a stand and plant a flag…It's for this reason that I have today established an Exploratory Committee to pursue the possibility for my running for the Presidency of the United States as a Republican in the 2020 election." pic.twitter.com/LUrsyyo1fP
— Gov. Bill Weld (@GovBillWeld) February 15, 2019
He’s certainly no fan of the current Prez. Speaking at a New Hampshire breakfast, the Harvard grad called Trump’s America a land of “great peril”:
“We have a president whose priorities are skewed towards promotion of himself rather than for the good of the country. He may have great energy and considerable raw talent but he does not use that in ways that promote democracy, truth, justice and equal opportunity for all. To compound matters, our president is simply too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest executive office in the land.”
Bill — who’s fiscally conservative and socially liberal — is set to make history. As per the AP:
The move makes Trump the first incumbent president since George H.W. Bush in 1992 to face a notable primary challenge. Other Republicans eyeing a presidential campaign include former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
Trump remains very popular with Republicans so faces little risk in losing the GOP nomination. But primary challenges often foreshadow trouble ahead for incumbent presidents. Bush and Jimmy Carter lost their bids for a second term after facing challenges from inside their own party.
Then again, Trump may be safe and sound — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to comment on Bill’s campaign. Her response was noteworthy:
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