The Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee Bill Weld, who is running on the ticket with Gary “What is Aleppo” Johnson, made a surprising announcement after the debate between the two major party candidates Tuesday night.
Weld essentially admitted that the Libertarians had a zero chance of winning this election, so Weld said he would do everything in his power to take Donald Trump and Mike Pence down.
Weld explained Trump now has his “full attention” and said the Republican nominee’s plans are so terrible they’re “in a class by itself.” Weld told the Boston Globe:
I think Mr. Trump’s proposals in the foreign policy area, including nuclear proliferation, tariffs, and free trade, would be so hurtful, domestically and in the world, that he has my full attention.”
While Weld disagrees with Clinton on fiscal and military issues, taking down the Democratic nominee’s main opponent certainly works in her interest. He also told MSNBC last week that he’s “not sure anybody is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.”
Weld says he hopes to at least get the ticket to second place and put Trump in third:
I have had in mind all along trying to get the Donald into third place, and with some tugging and hauling, we might get there.”
That only leaves Clinton in first place.
Weld doesn’t plan on abandoning Johnson, but members in his party certainly feel the VP nominee should be at the top of the Libertarian ticket after a series of embarrassing moments when Johnson showed his ignorance of foreign affairs. For example, Johnson didn’t seem aware Aleppo was a city in Syria and couldn’t name a single world leader he admires while Weld tried to bail him out. When Libertarian strategists brought the idea of flipping the ticket, Johnson shot it down.
The Libertarian ticket is currently polling at 7.4 percent according to Real Clear Politics. The duo understands that they aren’t going to win the election, with Johnson even admitting on CNN, “I guess I wasn’t meant to be President.” Weld even hinted that he might be considering leaving the Libertarian party in the future, telling the Globe:
I’m certainly not going to drop them this year.
Weld, a former two-term Governor of Massachusetts, also added that in the future he would like to work with Republicans such as Mitt Romney, also a former Governor of Massachusetts, and Haley Barbour, a former Governor of Mississippi, to rebuild the GOP when the dust settles:
Maybe somebody is going to come up with a new playbook, and I don’t know who it’s going to be, but it would be fun to participate.
It may be surprising Weld seems to be admitting defeat just five weeks away from the election, but it seems the prospect of having Trump and Pence in the White House is terrifying everybody outside of the core Trump base. While Weld hasn’t given full-throated support of Clinton, he seems to certainly understand that the right wing needs to put 2016 behind them and set their sights on 2020.
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