US President Donald Trump gets competition from his own party at his race for a second term in the White House. Bill Weld, the former governor of the East Coast state of Massachusetts, announced Monday that he would be campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination. “America has the choice,” it says in a video posted on Twitter. “A better America starts here.”
Roughly two-minute video highlights Weld’s achievements in his time as Massachusetts governor in the 1990s. At the same time, the video takes me hard Trump to court: It discusses, inter alia, earlier anti-women statements Trump and his unfulfilled campaign promise that Mexico will pay for the construction of a border wall.
Weld, who described Trump as a “schoolyard bullies,” relies on the dissatisfaction of some Republicans with the political course, the appearance and many statements of the President. However, the former governor has little chance of success – Trump remains very popular on the republican base.
Weld was Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. Later, he moved from the Republicans to the Libertarian Party, for which he ran in 2016 as a vice presidential candidate. Only in February Weld returned to the Republicans. Weld’s official announcement had been anticipated for months, announcing in February that he was setting up a committee to explore his chances.