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A former Massachusetts governor officially announced his presidential bid to challenge President Donald Trump for the nomination for the Republican party.

Bill Weld went on CNN with Jake Tapper to explain why he was mounting an unlikely attempt to unseat the president from his re-election in 2020.

“I really think if we have six more years of the same stuff we’ve had out of the White House the last two years, that would be a political tragedy and I would fear for the Republic,” said the 74 year-old Weld, “so I would be ashamed of myself if I didn’t raise my hand and run.”

Tapper challenged Weld by listing off polling numbers that show Trump is highly popular within the Republican party, including his latest financial campaign statement that showed he had already raised historic donations for his re-election.

“What we have now is a president that mocks the rule of law, I spent seven years in the Justice Department trying to keep the politics out of law enforcement – he’s trying to put it in,” Weld said.

“A president who says we don’t need a free press, who says climate change is a complete hoax,” he added, “he’s not paying attention, I doubt very much that he’s made a study of any of those issues.”

Weld said that he is a very fiscally economic conservative and criticized Trump for not even pretending to be fiscally conservative.

Weld was the governor of Massachusetts for two terms and worked as the head of the criminal division at the U.S. States Attorney office under Ronald Reagan’s administration. He had said in February that he was thinking about running against Trump.

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85 Comments

85 Comments

  1. Ron

    April 15, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Never heard of this cretin….

    • Becky Diane Clark

      April 15, 2019 at 10:48 pm

      What people Don’t understand is President Trump was elected because he was not a politician who was part of the good ole boy network! He did not say to do away with free press! But rather that a press that is going to report news should do it truthfully and without political bias! I love how President Trump handles the press, how he handles the democrats and his speaking the truth no matter who he pissed off! The Constitution says anyone of a certain age can run for President. It does not say that the person needs to be a prior politician! Trump is exactly who we need for 6 more years. This governor from Massachusettes, I have never heard of him and he is claiming to be a Republican until he is elected at which time he will change his mind and state he is democrat! I don’t believe anything any politician says anymore and Trump has proven himself- economy is up, jobless numbers are down, the number of people on welfare is down, he has rolled back federal regulations, we are independent for oil and that hasn’t happened for a lot of years, he is trying to take care of the border crisis in spite of the Democratic obstruction, he is taking care of national security by decreasing immigration from countries that have a lot of terrorism, our military is stronger, etc. And, he is accomplishing all of this while being investigated by the democrats, special prosecutors, being maligned in the media and in general just having to deal with a bunch of crappola! And, he is doing all this while donating his salary to great causes!

      • Marlitt Arnouville

        April 15, 2019 at 11:05 pm

        Becky you are so right! The people put Trump in office, because he is not a politician,can you even imagine if Hillary was in office?we came close to disaster!!

      • Sharon C

        April 15, 2019 at 11:51 pm

        You are correct in your comment. This Republican that wants to run against President Trump beloved in climate change, so I don’t buy into his way of thinking. President Trump spoke for all of us that was sick and tired of the deceitful politicians in office, as well as the lying terrorist supporter, Obama. I love President Trump for everything he has done and is still doing for the American citizens. God Bless President Trump.

      • Hubert Webb

        April 16, 2019 at 3:00 am

        This Bill Weld is a Liar because the things he is saying about Trump is not true. I would bet he was not a Republican but a Republican in name only (RINO). Rino’s pretend to be Republicans until they are needed to vote with the Republicans on important issues but they vote with the Democrats instead. This guy should not be elected for many reasons. The reasons he gave for running against Trump are plenty enough reasons for me not to vote for him. Trump 2020.

        • Michael Gallagher

          April 16, 2019 at 9:48 am

          President Trump does NOT believe that climate change is a complete hoax – that is a major lie from this clown. His EPA has been more active and effective in the right ways that Obama’s radical nonsense EPA. He wants clean air and clean drinking water and talks about that all the time. Other lies are that “Trump has allowed the coal industry to scatter coal dust into our water ways” a complete left winged lie. Coal dust is a very important component in converting coal to a liquid fuel.

      • Sun~Rose

        April 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

        AMEN! President Trump is amazing! God bless him! God is blessing him!

      • JMac

        April 16, 2019 at 10:07 am

        Very well stated, Becky!! Totally agree with everything you said!! We DEFINITELY need 6 more years of President Donald J. Trump, and then after that, let’s have Don Jr. or Ivanka as President!!

      • Connie

        April 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm

        So agree with you Becky. We wanted change from the tired old good ole boy politicos who really did not care about our wants and needs. Trump just says what we are thinking and feeling. He will get my vote this next election. Weld is no one we know anything about and his qualifications may very well be lacking. Remember the nobody Obummer–what a bad deal he was!

        Democrats be damned!

      • Richard A. Seamn

        April 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm

        Well put, Becky.

    • HERB HAMILTON

      April 15, 2019 at 10:56 pm

      One of the republican swamp rats swimming around in MA..Waste your money and support false news BY BUYING UNTRUTHFUL ADDS.. You have no chance of winning.

    • Fred Osborne

      April 15, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      Of course he announced in cnn , tells me all I need to know!!!

    • jw

      April 16, 2019 at 6:42 am

      Don’t these idiots realize we don’t want more politics out of the Whitehouse , we got what we voted for , action aman working for the people instead of working to see how much he can pocket of our tax dollars like the last one , and those in the past?

    • Beverly Thorpe

      April 16, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Weld doesn’t understand just what the president has done for America. You don’t have to like his tone or personality or tweeting (though since the liberal media crucifies his every word or action so it is one of the only ways to reach his constituents and the public as to what has been accomplished), Weld should know all of this if he truly follows Trump’s career for the last 2 years. Forget about the attacks and false accusations about Russia, and his playboy days years ago. He is like Teddy Roosevelt, who spoke plain talk directly to the people, the hard working blue and white collar Deplorables and Irredeemables, and though he is not smooth talking and deceitful like Obama and many Dem and Republican politicians, look at his accomplishments and efforts on every single issue. He works hard to keep every single promise and the good news is that the promises HELP ALL Americans, providing opportunities to ALL races, inner cities, all religions freedoms, and unlike Liberal Democrats, he is NOT out to change the Constitution of our forefathers to something convenient to allow us to kill our babies in our wombs or at birth, he continues the wonderful world of Capitalism, Patriotism, and Faith. Weld apparently listens with the ear of what the liberals do – an Elitist ear, and eyes that look DOWN on Americans. We don’t WANT Weld, we want 6 more years of Trump, and if Republicans would back him up while he is in office, and if the press would be fair and become real journalists once again and show him respect in his position and tell the world the good things he is achieving, then maybe the president could show respect for Democrats who work WITH him, and show reciprocal respect to the media on all networks and newspapers, etc. He HAS to fight back against their “manufactured” stories about his motives when actually his motives are purer than anyone would expect. But we supporters DO know!

    • larry

      April 16, 2019 at 9:56 am

      Go ahead and get your 15 minutes of fame. You must have some extra money to waste. I would donate the money to a worthy charity instead of politics. I am of the opinion that President Trump is the best president in the last 50 years and he will be reelected.

    • Edward Crawford

      April 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Mr Weld, you are an IDIOT!! Besides I would NEVER TRUST SOMEONE FROM MASSACHUSETTS!! That is an Anti American den of treasonous bastards!! It is a demorat slime pit full of evil and idiot morons!! Besides, you could not be a pimple on President Trumps ass, other than President Regan, Trump is the best President we have had since Lincoln!! Go away, shut up and sit down! Your not needed nor wanted, just like illegal aliens!!

      • Dean Perry

        April 19, 2019 at 12:38 am

        “Trump is the best President we have had since Lincoln!”
        Lincoln? Just how old are you????????

    • raysea

      April 19, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      me either..sounds like a numbnut libterd for sure..

  2. Debbie C.

    April 15, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    HE.WILL.LOSE.

  3. James

    April 15, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    this guy is NO REPUBLICAN, in TRUTH HE IS JUST A COMMUNIST DEMORAT HIDING IN A RINO’S CLOTHING.

    • Hedy

      April 16, 2019 at 12:12 am

      Love your reply

    • Charles Scott

      April 16, 2019 at 12:24 am

      That’s exactly it.Is that how they invade and work on the inside.Doesn’t he have to have the basic same beliefs and support the same causes that Donald Trump and the rest of the genuine republicans believe in, to run as a candidate for the Republicans.His view are virtually the opposite of the party he wants to run for. Maybe Nancy Pelosi should run as a Republican candidate. It gets weirder by the day.

    • Paduki

      April 16, 2019 at 7:21 am

      That’s my take on him as well. He is from Mass.and that makes him suspect right out of the gate. Pluse his anti-Trump points sounds like the Democrats.

  4. Fran Bennett

    April 15, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Pleeeeeze. Good luck with that!

  5. Michael k Roberts

    April 15, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Just another liberal

  6. LST

    April 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve never heard of him before, but I already believe he’s an asshole.

  7. Danny Lanning

    April 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Why does animals like this think the public would think of voting for him. To survive in the socialist state of Mass. he has to be a stupid socialist.

  8. Patriot

    April 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Former MA governor. That says it all. That man is no republican, maybe a RINO but no republican.

  9. james

    April 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    This guy is a Demacratic….Rino….Billionair….Fck Him

  10. Gail

    April 15, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    What a jioke

  11. Don Drake

    April 15, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    This guy’s a freaking drunk. Always was and still is. Might be eating gummy bear marijuana as well. What a delusional idiot.

  12. Annette

    April 15, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I’m sorry but the last thing this country needs is someone that is going to kiss the Dems ass , this Country finally has a PRESIDENT that is for the people by the people, a President that cares more about America and Americans, our allies, the Dems care about how much money and power they can get , look at AOC all she wants is to be Paris Hilton , Omar and the other loser Talib or whatever her name is only cares about turning America into a Anti-Christian national and that is NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN, not here not ever .

    • Patricia Colquitt

      April 16, 2019 at 1:53 am

      They’re called the three stooges. Larry, Curly & Moe.
      As for this other man, he’s got to be an egotistical maniac to run against Trump. When God is for you, who can be against you?

  13. Bob

    April 15, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Who is this fool

  14. Norm

    April 15, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Yeah, lots’a LUCK!

  15. Brokengirl55

    April 15, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I guess he’s never heard of the phrase, “A lesson in futility.“

  16. Tommy

    April 15, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I like Mr. Weld immensely, but I’d like to see him wait until the very likely 2nd term for Trump happens.

    Progressive Socialists from BOTH SIDES of the aisle have either proverbially shot themselves in the foot with their totally UNAMERICAN stand.

    Decent men like Pres. Trump & even Mr. Weld (& even many patriotic women) patiently lining up one right after the other will squash the progressivism that’s detrimental & damaging to the Constitutional Republic of the United States.

    This is NOT a “democracy”…it’s a Constitutional Republic with a Free Commerce Capitalistic Market that has a Democratic Voting System.
    Anyone who believes otherwise hasn’t read the US CONSTITUTION & hasn’t studied American History.

  17. Ed

    April 15, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    No platform, just attacks Trump. What a joke.

    Trump said we shouldn’t have a free press? He mocks the rule of law? Who is this idiot anyway?

    Speaking of climate change, here’s the actual picture:

    http://joannenova.com.au/2010/02/the-big-picture-65-million-years-of-temperature-swings/

  18. coachpan

    April 15, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    What a moron! Switch to a Dim nitwit !

  19. Joseph Kempski

    April 15, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Weld is an asshole

  20. WEF

    April 15, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    LMFAO! Just look at all you Trumpites get triggered from a “not a chance in hell” potential candidate. Pretty pathetic kids.

    • paul

      April 15, 2019 at 11:02 pm

      Look behind you, it’s still there, you cain’t be an asshole without a ass.

    • Michael

      April 15, 2019 at 11:09 pm

      The only thing’s that are pathetic here are you, the phonies and idiots that represent your party, and the fact that you’re actually attempting to scoff at Trump. You’re laughing? That’s funny. We’ll see who’s laughing on election night come 2020. Better get yourself a box of tissues, libtard ’cause you’re gonna be crying soon enough.

    • Hubert Webb

      April 16, 2019 at 3:15 am

      It amazes me how dumb Libtards are because you are using the word triggered on Conservatives when it was the Conservatives that first used the word to describe Liberals. Can’t you liberals think up something better to call us that is especially not a lie? Yes we are Trumpites and were damn well proud of that. The only ones LMFAO are us Conservatives watching Liberals make complete fools of themselves.

    • Wilson

      April 16, 2019 at 3:32 am

      From the pathetic kid still using a word from 3 years ago. Yawn! Go back to playing COD WEF.

  21. Maureen

    April 15, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve never heard of this guy but suppose I will at some point. I don’t believe President Trump has ever said we don’t need a free press, only that we need an honest, unbiased press. The MSM has been quick to print everything negative about the President without caring if they print false news. They have been beyond rude, disrespectful and dishonest at every opportunity. #TRUMP2020!

  22. Photog

    April 15, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    A Republican politician from Massachusetts? Something’s not right……

  23. paul

    April 15, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Sober him up, crate and ship decl cargo.

  24. JD

    April 15, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    I’m tired of the claim that climate change is not a hoax. Just use some common sense. Something liberals seem to lack.

  25. John Bloxson Jr.

    April 15, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    He said we don’t need a fake Press selling fake News.as to the ruleof law Mr. Weld the Justice Department was weaponized under Bill Clinton and his Attorney General Janet Reno, and further weaponized by the Democrats under Barack,Obama, and his two Attorney General’s Eric Holder, and Loretta Lynche! So Mr. Weld is wrong on every count of his statement.

  26. Vernon Lindblade

    April 15, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    He’s a rino in disguise trying to help the dems by taking Republican votes. He’s full of crap and is a spot-WELD in the back of his shorts…… Drain the swamp and you will find the guy swirling in the drain!!!!!!

  27. Trixie

    April 15, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    I hope no one donates to this fool. What a waste of time and money. Trump is the winner.

  28. cora fernandez

    April 15, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Bill Weld is a drunker and too old to run this country. This guy think he is better than the President who already did a lot of good things that no other President did to make the country much better than before. President Trump for 2020 and God bless & protect him always.

  29. Trumpsupporter

    April 15, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Bill Weld a do nothing person that is dis Loyal and unethical!

  30. Mark

    April 15, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I see just another ass kisser. Go ahead and waste your money. You k how what they say “a fool and his money soon part”. Instead of wasting you money, just give it to charity.

  31. Barry1817

    April 15, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Massive ego and wrong on facts

    He must think he is a legend in his own mind

    Do wish him wasting huge sums of money

    So tell me where was he when BO was lying and shredding the constitution

  32. Bart-Jan Mathot

    April 15, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Another One Bites The Dust !!

  33. Moracle

    April 16, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Anyone who does not recognize the good that Trump is doing for this nation and to keep us from becoming a Socialist/Communist country under rule of an oligarchy of the elite has no business running for anything in politics, much less the office of President…!

  34. Hedy

    April 16, 2019 at 12:09 am

    No way JOSE, Trumps my man.

  35. Jackson

    April 16, 2019 at 12:18 am

    This guy is a Democrat posing as a Republican, most likely to run against President Trump just to trash him. My guess are his biggest donors are Democrats.

  36. William Stout

    April 16, 2019 at 2:50 am

    since this group appears to watch Fox non news, you may have missed that even BEFORE the Mueller report is released on Thursday, the Russia investigation has, so far, resulted in 222 criminal charges, 38 felonies, multiple indictments, guilty pleas, jail sentences, and confession from Russian spies. PLUS some dozen of corruption charges against Trump, his family, and team that have been moved to other jurisdictions unaffected by his current position. A Republican “insider’ opined today, that HE feels that Trump is preparing to resign from politics in hopes of avoiding a long prison sentence. It won’t work.

    • J R

      April 16, 2019 at 3:33 am

      And the lamestream media OPINED for over two years that there was Russian collusion. What a putz you are. You ARE pretty good at “democrat speak” though.

  37. Silas Longshot

    April 16, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Who?
    That was the first run.
    Who?
    That’s this run. An establishment RINO with no chance to unseat Trump.

  38. Scott

    April 16, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Tell this RINO to GO POUND SAND UP HIS A$$ WITH A TINY SILVER HAMMER!

  39. Ellen

    April 16, 2019 at 3:30 am

    If there’s one thing I admire the Democrats is the fact that no matter how stupid they have become, they stick to each other. The republican are just the opposite… Heres a sitting President Whois doing everything he could to make this country great again, doing everything to lead this country in the right direction, has accomplished a lot in his first two years in office despite the every attempt of every liberal, leftists to undermine his agenda. He wants to lead this country back to where it used to be – the global leader and these dumb stupid RINOS won’t cooperate with him and would rather join the crazy d3mocrats in trying to topple his presidency… so very very shameful attitude of these RINOS. Why don’t these RINOS stick their heads under the ground? If you cannot cooperate with President Trump, get out of the White House.

    • H

      April 16, 2019 at 4:28 am

      I agree. I think the left has a conference call every morning because they all spout the same shit every day. That’s how they stick together no matter how ignorant they sound. I wish the Republications would stick to Trump like that.

  40. E G MUSK

    April 16, 2019 at 4:21 am

    What a joke.

  41. wanda

    April 16, 2019 at 6:09 am

    This fella and his VP were in the libertarian party. I listen to his interview and he sounded just like a demo. It’s been a few years but his ideas then I’m sure are no different. They couldn’t get enough support and then dropped out. His ideas were the same as the demo’s at that time.

  42. mike dar

    April 16, 2019 at 6:29 am

    ‘a political tragedy’ would better describe this RINO’s motivation… to peel off potential Republican votes and hand away the election to Dems… we’ve all seen this movie before, we’ve all heard this siren song in other elections where politicians in one party self destruct party unity… and Republicans, mostly cowards, do it with self defeatist aplomb. It won’t work this time any more than with 16 opponents in 2016.
    But it does define the faith this man has in elitism and the bureaucracy/deepstate shown to be where another tragedy exists.

  43. Mike Graybeal

    April 16, 2019 at 8:28 am

    It’s sad that some people just want a little attention…

  44. FAST EDDIE

    April 16, 2019 at 8:30 am

    RIIIIIIIIIIINOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  45. Shari Early

    April 16, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Another Democrat in Republican clothing.

  46. David

    April 16, 2019 at 8:57 am

    This idiot needs to stay out, wonder if he is being paid by the Liboturds to mess with Trump.

  47. becky aheren

    April 16, 2019 at 9:01 am

    It seems funny to me, that he showed up on CNN first to announce his running for president. That is a very liberal site, why not Fox?
    O

  48. cecil

    April 16, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Just to show his stupid he is. He’s taking money from his party. Why don’t he run for the democratic party with the other a– holes

  49. abolishliberalism

    April 16, 2019 at 9:51 am

    F***in’ RINO… Go Away! Damn Democrats acting like Republicans just to try and help the dems win in 2020!

  50. v paul

    April 16, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Another swamp creature, another failure.

  51. Mark Terzano

    April 16, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I met then-governor Weld in 1992 he had admitted he is a social liberal and a fiscal conservative…thank God for Donald Trump

  52. Bill Schlueter

    April 16, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Just another politician who misrepresents the facts. Leads one to believe that he’s just one of the old guard trying to regain control of the party. One who believes that the rule of law that was veriently abused by the previous president is just for those who choose to follow it and a tool against the rest of us.

  53. Big Montana

    April 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    You should at least be honest once in your miserable scuzy life and run as the democrat you are.

  54. Charles Ledden

    April 16, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    So he has no misguided idea that he could win the election. He merely plans to attempt to sabotage President Trump. He is a Traitor. A Republican by title only. At best he could divide the vote and hand the Presidency to the psycho leftist running for the office in order to further overthrow the U.S. Constitution and continue to plot to destroy America from the inside.

    Charles D. Ledden

  55. ca

    April 16, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    find out what PAC is funding this no nothing nobody and we’ll ALL know who’s behind this doofus.

  56. ANA

    April 16, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    2020TRUMP 100%

  57. Donna Cassidy

    April 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    OMGosh..Weld is a joke. I saw a picture of him in an interview and i sware he had trouble staying awake..Give it up and save yourself a bunch of money..OH WAIT!!!!it won’t be your money any way it will be the DNC money and HILLARYs…YOUR a liar and a sneak. Go Away loser..YOU won’t get your foot in the door

  58. Carolyn

    April 17, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Climate change?? Free press??
    This guy is a libtard in Libertarian and Republican clothing respectively.
    Buh bye.

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