Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump

Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldBill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump Trump challenger Bill Weld rules out 2020 independent bid Hawaii GOP cancels presidential preference poll, commits delegates to Trump MORE, the first Republican to mount a primary campaign against President Trump, said on Sunday that he's "thrilled" more Republicans are joining the 2020 race.

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) announced his presidential campaign Sunday, and former Rep. Mark SanfordMark SanfordTrump challenger Bill Weld rules out 2020 independent bid Judge throws out lawsuit against South Carolina GOP for canceling 2020 primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field MORE (R-S.C.) has been mulling a potential White House bid. 

"I'm thrilled about Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford getting in, I think that's terrific," Weld said on NBC's "Meet the Press." 

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Weld said that more GOP candidates will lead to a "more robust conversation" that he said would benefit the country. 

"And who knows? The networks might even cover a Republican primary debate," he said. 

Weld also encouraged more Republicans to launch a primary campaign against the president. 

"We need to assemble rational people. Sure a crazed president makes the stock market go down, but that doesn't mean we have to like it," Weld said.

Weld, citing former White House adviser Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' Mueller witness linked to Trump charged in scheme to illegally funnel money to Clinton campaign Gabbard on Harris leaving race: 'I respect her sincere desire to serve the American people' MORE, said Trump's vision for a second term would mean "four years of unadulterated, unrequited payback."

"Pay back for what? It's another example of his extreme, malignant narcissism. He's only happy when other people are losing," Weld said. 

Trump, however, still has the overwhelming support from his party. A RealClearPolitics average has Trump polling at 81.3 percent. Weld has just 9.3 percent of GOP support, based on the average of recent polls.