Trump primary challenger Bill Weld: Trump 'looks like he would rather be a king than a president'

Trump primary challenger Bill Weld: Trump 'looks like he would rather be a king than a president'
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Former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Ralph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads MORE, who is challenging President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination, knocked the president Friday as someone who would "rather be a king."

“Let’s be honest, the president wants to be reappointed president by the Republican National Committee, and he doesn’t want any interference in that hallowed process,” Weld said on CNN, citing a recent leadership purge at the Department of Homeland Security and an ongoing feud with House Democrats over a slew of oversight investigations. 

“He looks like he would rather be a king than a president who had to work to earn and preserve the trust of the American people.” 


Weld has repeatedly hammered Trump as primary season gets underway, saying last month that he has “lost the capacity to govern” in the aftermath of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation.

The Massachusetts Republican has said Trump should be indicted, citing 10 “episodes” that Mueller detailed of possible obstruction of justice by Trump into the special counsel’s and other investigations into Russian election interference in 2016. 

“The argument against impeaching now is a purely political argument, that we don’t want just a circus between now and 2020, we want the president to be held accountable for he’s done and left undone,” Weld said. 

Weld, a former prosecutor, said last week that he would have indicted Trump after Mueller’s report was released, slamming Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Judge temporarily blocks release of Trump obstruction memo Garland pledges review of DOJ policies amid controversy MORE for saying there was insufficient evidence to do so.

“AG Barr has erred in both his opinion that the President could not be indicted and in his clear attempt to frame a narrative that favors and protects the President,” Weld tweeted as Barr testified before the Senate.