The Boston Globe reports:
William F. Weld, the former two-term governor of Massachusetts, said Friday he is launching a presidential exploratory committee, taking a formal step to become the first Republican to directly challenge President Trump in the 2020 GOP primary.
“I think our country is in grave peril and I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines anymore,” Weld said in a lacerating anti-Trump speech at the Politics & Eggs breakfast in Bedford, a traditional stop for would-be presidential candidates.
Accusing Trump of denigrating the free press, humiliating foreign allies, and heaping praise on authoritarian leaders, Weld said the president is a “schoolyard bully” and “simply too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest executive office in the land.”
Weld was Gary Johnson’s running mate on the Libertarian ticket in 2016. He rejoined the GOP earlier this month.
Good analysis by a knowledgeable and thinking Republican: If former MA Gov Weld weakens Trump in NH it won’t take him out but it will redefine the general election against Trump. https://t.co/AdBgIYzGkY
— John Dean (@JohnWDean) February 15, 2019