FORMER REPUBLICAN MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR WILLIAM WELD INTENDS TO CHALLENGE DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020
We all know how Trump will simply vilify any Democrat who challenges him for the presidency in 2020. But what will really get under his skin, will be if a fellow Republican challenges him. That almost never happens with an incumbent president. But guess what? It is about to happen to Donald Trump.
The New York Times reports that ‘William F. Weld, the maverick former governor of Massachusetts, announced on Friday that he would form an exploratory committee to challenge President Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination, presenting himself as a dissident voice in a political party that has abandoned its mainstream roots.
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Mr. Weld, 73, is the first Republican to announce he will run against the president. But Mr. Weld is unlikely to pose a major threat to Mr. Trump and he is in some ways an incongruous figure to leap into the presidential fray. Mr. Weld is a moderate Republican who ran for vice president in 2016 on the Libertarian ticket. His candidacy might be more of an act of protest than a conventional national campaign.
But appearing in New Hampshire, Mr. Weld called it a moral duty to stand against “the hard heart, closed mind and clenched fist of nativism and nationalism.”