- Bill Weld wants to be the first Republican to try Trump to contest the presidential candidacy in 2020.
- Although the former Massachusetts governor should not win against the president, he might be dangerous to him.
- Supposedly, other Republicans want to compete against Trump.
William "Bill" Weld is the first one. The first Republican to try to challenge the incumbent President in 2020 re-election. Meanwhile, there are already a number of Democrats who want to prevent with all their strength that Donald Trump gets a second term. But so far no Republican has been found to try something similar to get rid of this – even in the eyes of some conservatives – the worst US president of all time.
On Friday, Weld announced in Bedford, New Hampshire, to set up a so-called exploratory committee, a preliminary stage to the actual candidacy. The committee's job is to find out if Weld gets enough donors and enough money to survive the Republican primaries. If he succeeds, he wants to make his candidature official.
Weld had some pretty clear messages. He hopes the Republican Party will remember the values Abraham Lincoln once gave her. It infuriated him how much energy in society goes for the divisive culture of President Trump. He called Trump a "schoolboy ruffian," unstable, and driven only to serve himself and not the country. Weld: "We can not passively sit while our democracy slips silently into the darkness."
Weld, 73, is now more of an outsider in US politics. But after all, he was from 1991 to 1997, the governor of the state of Massachusetts. As a lawyer he had made a steep career. To the federal prosecutor for the district of Massachusetts. And from there to the Department of Justice in Washington, where he served in senior positions for seven years. He learned there that nothing was more important than the rule of law. Everything goes from that.
Otherwise, he had bad luck when he started for other elective offices. In 1996 he wanted to become a senator for his state. He lost to John Kelly, who later became US Secretary of State. In 1997, he resigned as governor after Democratic President Bill Clinton had nominated him as an ambassador to Mexico. However, the nomination was not confirmed by the Senate.