Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP'

Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP'
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldTrump accuses media, Democrats of going 'crazy' over G-7 at his Miami resort GOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff MORE, a Republican taking on President Trump in 2020, challenged his fellow GOP members to watch the president's rally in North Carolina and ask if that is the party they "signed up for." 

During Trump's Wednesday night rally, the president's comments over Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-Minn.), one of the four minority congresswomen he recently told to "go back" where they came from, prompted the crowd into chants of "send her back." 

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"I challenge every Republican to watch @realDonaldTrump’s rally last night, complete with chants of 'Send her back,' and ask if that is the Party of Lincoln and Reagan we signed up for," Weld tweeted Thursday morning. "We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP, and silence is not an option."

The long-shot candidate is the only Republican to officially mount a primary campaign against the president in 2020. 

Earlier this week, former South Carolina Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordTrump accuses media, Democrats of going 'crazy' over G-7 at his Miami resort GOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff MORE (R) said he is considering a possible candidacy. 

And Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash: Clinton's attack on Gabbard will 'drive many people into the arms' of Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria pullout MORE (I-Mich.), who recently left the Republican Party after vocally opposing Trump, said he wouldn't rule out a run. 

Trump's rally followed a week of backlash against the president's Sunday tweet targeting Reps. Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Omar endorses Sanders presidential bid MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally MORE (D-Mich.), telling them to "go back" to where they came from.

All four are women of color and U.S. citizens, and only Omar, who came to the U.S. at age 12 as a refugee from Somalia, was born outside the United States.

The House voted to condemn Trump for his "racist" tweets on Tuesday. Just four Republicans, Reps. Susan Brooks (Ind.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Will Hurd (Texas) and Fred Upton (Mich.), voted with every Democrat to condemn the tweets.