Why Republican Bill Weld Is Challenging Trump in the 2020 Primary | NowThis

Why Republican Bill Weld Is Challenging Trump in the 2020 Primary | NowThis


Who are you? So, I’m Bill Weld. I’m actually running for the Republican nomination for president against Mr. Trump. I’m the real Republican. I think Donald Trump is the ‘RINO,’ Republican in name only. I was governor of Massachusetts
for a couple of terms, spent 7 years under Ronald Reagan
in the Justice Department. I’m a fiscal conservative, an economic conservative. I do believe that, just like every taxpayer and every family in America, the United States government should balance its budget. I think he’s been a disaster, ripping up treaties that he didn’t understand, insulting our allies, cozying up to our enemies. He says, ‘I’m a nationalist,’ and a nationalist is someone for
whom the most important thing is that everybody hate other
countries and other peoples. For a patriot—and for him to claim
the mantle of patriotism is ludicrous. For a patriot, the most important thing
is to love your own country and your fellow citizens. That is not Donald Trump! If you’re Muslim, if you’re Black, if you’re Hispanic, and you’re American, Donald Trump has virtually no use for you ’cause you’re not part of his ‘lily-white,’ dare I say, ‘Aryan Nation,’ the one that he would prefer. So he is the opposite of a patriot. Sonny Jim is my favorite curse word. It’s an old Boston phrase. You know, abortion—the most important decision a woman’s ever gonna make for herself is whether to bear child or not, and the idea that these recent statutes, Alabama and Georgia, elsewhere, fully supported by the
Trump administration, say that a rapist has rights superior to the
rights of the woman he raped. It’s totally unthinkable, like a lot of things that come out of the Trump administration these days. It takes us back to the Stone Age. No, no, I—our ticket in 2016, I ran with Gary Johnson on the Libertarian ticket, and we got four and a half million votes, which was triple the previous best
showing of that party. And if you think about it, a vote for
the Libertarian Party is gonna be either a change vote or a protest vote. It’s not business as usual in Washington, D.C. So the polling showed that 3 out of 4
of our votes came from Mr. Trump. I think his calling up the president of Ukraine and berating him 8 times in a single conversation, shortly after Mr. Trump had ordered the suspension of $400 million in military aid to
Ukraine, who were engaged in a bitter armed conflict with Russia. He said he wanted the president to facilitate the digging up of dirt on Hunter Biden, who’s Joe Biden’s son. And that amounts to the President
of the United States basically election rigging it in his own favor. It doesn’t get much worse than that. Well, I don’t know, Nick Nolte. Young Robert Redford, although my
hair wasn’t that long. Probably Nick Nolte. It probably would be climate change
because that’s an existential threat to the planet. What we have to do is put a price on carbon. That would collect about $200 billion a year at a price of $40 to $50 a ton, and that would then be remitted to the taxpayers so that this would not be a tax. It would be a fee on carbon. Not really a lot. I came in very early for LGBTQ rights. One of the first acts I did as governor was to create a commission on gay and lesbian youth because we’d had just an epidemic of teenage suicide by gays and lesbians who were just
bullied to the point of suicide in middle school and high school. And everyone had turned, you know,
a cold shoulder to that. They didn’t wanna take it on as a cause, and I absolutely took it on as a cause. I love my wife to pieces. She’s the most compelling person I’ve ever met and extremely kind person, always thinking about other people and animals, truth be told, and grasses, and rocks. She’s just brimming over with empathy. Mark Twain said, ‘Write what you know.’ I wrote what I knew: politics and law enforcement. The first one was kind of a cops and robbers novel. The second was a sequel, the same character when he gets to
Washington as a senator. The third one was totally different. It’s about my love of the land. I often say the outdoors is my cathedral. And it’s a coming of age novel with a
15-year-old boy as the central figure, and that has a very tough surprise ending. And you’re just gonna have to buy the book. What are you gonna do about global warming? I think virtually all the Democratic plans on global warming are deficient because they’re measuring only how
much money they’re gonna spend. You have to focus on the outcome, and that’s what putting a price on carbon, along the lines I’ve discussed, would do. Now that was your question to the other candidates. Here’s a question from another
candidate, selected at random: Well, I think we can’t do nothing in the face of these mass murders, which have picked
up in intensity since Mr. Trump has been in office. I think we need to have red flag statutes that will give either family members or co-workers who spot something odd
about someone, a gun owner— One of the shooters in one of the mass murders had carried around a list in high school of all the people he’d like to kill. You can’t have that guy carrying a weapon. They think I’m patrician and from
privilege and that I therefore act that way, and don’t act boldly, and don’t act decisively. That’s a bad miscalculation. The first time I met Jack Kemp, who, of course, was a legendary
quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. He was kind of a political hero of mine. I think we need to have less government in the system. But it also needs to be acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act added
20 million people to the rolls of the insured. That’s a major step forward from the
point of view of cost containment. I have espoused the creation of health savings accounts so people could put away
money on a tax-advantaged basis, and people should be able to make their own decisions. They should be able to buy drugs in Canada and not have the government tell them no. They should be able to buy
insurance across state lines and not have the state insurance
commissioners tell ’em no. So put more power back in the hands of the people and their doctors. Do you support the so-called public option? Yeah, I’m getting there. I would
say I’m getting closer to that. Not, not there yet, I’m still examining that. Well, they don’t have to. I sometimes rail against the white men
who Congress charges with making decisions, for example,
on behalf of women who they don’t know, who live 1,200 miles away. But I don’t think there’s anything really wrong with it. Anything wrong with being a Muslim, or a Hispanic, or a woman of color in Congress. Mr. Trump seems to think there’s
something wrong with all three of those things ’cause he,
of course, wants us to hate everyone who’s not a white man. I often get 5 to 6 if I’m on a campaign schedule, preferably 7 to 8. I’m a bomb thrower in the political
sense and would very much shake things up in Washington, D.C. I turned everything upside down
when I got in as governor. And I went from Massachusetts being literally bankrupt to having a huge surplus and being
able to spend money on my priorities, which were education, social services. I reduced taxes 21 times, and people appreciated that. I’m hopeful that millennials and
Gen Xers will be attracted to my banner, and a reason I would give is
that you folks are the ones who are gonna bear the brunt of trillion-dollar deficits. You’re never gonna see Social Security
unless something is done about those deficits. And you’re the people who are gonna bear the brunt of climate change if nothing is done to forestall it. So I think those two issues alone are enough reason for you all to come out and vote, and I invite you to vote in the Republican primary and to cast a vote for me, which is by definition a vote against Mr. Trump, because I don’t think he’s set a tone
that you would want in this country. It really is a tone filled with resentment, fear, anger, even hatred is not too strong a word. That’s not what you want. We’re all better than that. So I hope you consider my candidacy. Thank you very much.

24 thoughts on “Why Republican Bill Weld Is Challenging Trump in the 2020 Primary | NowThis

  1. The fact that only two or three Republicans are running against Donald Trump testifies very clearly that Trump– a malignant sociopath and a person completely unfit for any position of responsibility anywhere– has cemented a culture of base, primitive, corrosive fear in the so-called "conservative" establishment.

    Trump has taken over the Republican Party and is remaking it in his own malevolent image.

    If he's reelected, by the end of his second term the Republican Party will be a fully expressed fascist oligarchy– complete with open graft, bribery, a criminal skeleton, and nothing but brazen propaganda in lieu of the assumption of governance or democratic representation.

    It's inevitable, because Trump will never stop trying to recreate his own evil character all around him– and the end of that obsession would be nothing short of despotism. Trump would never be satisfied with anything less.

  2. Have to study on him. But so far its bittersweet to know that there a guy like this who is sane, in the Republicans party, and can give answers, good ones, but Republicans are so sure on trump for some reason.

  3. Interesting how this fake news channel has ignored the biggest story of the past few weeks – that the most prolific and destructive terrorist of the last decade has been killed thanks to Trump's leadership. I guess it just slipped their minds or they're trying to invent a way to use the event to smear Trump.

  4. republicans OUT impeach TRUMP !!republicans OUT impeach TRUMP !!republicans OUT impeach TRUMP !!republicans OUT impeach TRUMP !!republicans OUT impeach TRUMP !!republicans OUT impeach TRUMP !!

  5. Does it really matter at this point? America hasn’t existed for many years, and soon sheeple will see the truth and feel the well deserved agony, hahaha!

  6. Oh my God, why are you interviewing this Republican. They are all the same. The only difference is that he is a Republican white SUPREMACIST covered up his whiteness with a smile and a voice that's a little feminine. I guarantee you, he loves to see immigrants in cages. Mothers and children dying on the border trying to leave countries that kill their citizens with no ramifications. It's disgusting. He's no different than any other corporate politician,regardless of party.

  7. Governor Weld's assessment in regards to Donald Trump's racist/bigoted/xenophobic attitudes by describing it as "Aryan Nation" I totally and completely agree with Mr. Weld. Like him, I believe that Donald Trump is doing America and are allies a gross disservice with his conduct.

  8. I think he is a good representation of the Republican party. I might not agree w/ everything, but at least he is passionate about the country and a respectable person.

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