Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is taking the first steps to run against President Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential election primaries. Weld ran in 2016 as a Libertarian, and switched back to the Republican Party earlier this year.
Weld's quotes from an event in New Hampshire, per WMUR:
- "I'm here because I think our country is in grave peril ... And I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines any longer."
- "We cannot sit passively as our precious democracy slips quietly into darkness. Congress must do its duty and citizens we must do ours."
- "He has virtually spat on the idea that we should have freedom of the press ... He has failed to call out and denounce appalling instances of racism."
And Weld on Trump kicking U.S. reporters out of the Oval during his meeting with the Russians: An "act of such contempt not only towards the press but towards the United States as an institution."
The bottom line: Weld runs for a lot of elections.
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