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) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won't campaign or raise money The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party 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 celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence Omar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota 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 SanfordMark SanfordCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama The Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? MORE (R) said he is considering a possible candidacy. 

And Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashKudlow acknowledges executive orders may end up in court: 'We're going to go ahead with our actions anyways' Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Peter Meijer wins GOP primary in Amash's Michigan district 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-CortezJared Kushner denies Trump 'promoting' questions about Kamala Harris Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' It's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' Omar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota Centrists, progressives rally around Harris pick for VP 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.