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) WeldThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Joe Walsh 'strongly, strongly considering' a primary challenge to Trump Joe Walsh expected to announce presidential run: report 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 OmarTrump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support 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 SanfordThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Jewish Democrats decry Trump's 'loyalty' remarks Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE (R) said he is considering a possible candidacy. 

And Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump 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-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibMichigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support 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.