Until now there had only been speculation that a Republican may come forward to challenge President Trump in the 2020 elections. But that’s changing due to former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.
The Republican has recently launched an exploratory committee to further deliberate a 2020 run.
Weld has stated that Trump consistently shows “malignant narcissism” and has carried out actions that are “way beyond anything Richard Nixon ever did.”
Coming from Weld that’s a particularly damning statement considering that Weld served on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee that voted for Nixon’s impeachment.
“The article that got the most votes in the Nixon impeachment, in the House Judiciary Committee, was article two, called agency abuse,” Weld recalled in a Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast. “It was misuse of the FBI and the CIA by trying to direct them not to pursue the Watergate inquiry on the ground that it involved national security.”
Weld further offered that, “now we’ve seen more than that from this President,” referencing the firing of FBI director James Comey.
Weld claims that Trump has essentially been “telling the Justice Department that its job essentially is to … protect his political skirts.”
The former governor also cited Trump’s personal demeanor as reason to run against him.
“You know, they call it narcissism.” Weld shared. “There’s a form of narcissism called malignant narcissism. … You’re not happy unless other people are losing.”
Weld also listed “One of the things that galls me is the president is the worst possible role model for our children and grandchildren,” he said. “They’re going to grow up thinking this is how the occupant of the highest office in the land acts. That’s got to be terrible for kids.”
Weld has said that his possible bid isn’t just for show declaring, “I think the only reason to do something like this is to do it with the purpose in mind of winning.”