Presidential candidate Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMassachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection Youngkin should blaze a post-Trump trail for the GOP The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE warned of a Republican Party split and Democratic takeover of the Senate if the GOP continues in its current direction.
“Donald Trump would be in charge of the know-nothing party, which was half of the Whig Party that split a century ago, and you know, they were founded on anti-immigrant prejudice, violent rallies and conspiracy theories,” he told Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.”
“So history does have a way of repeating itself, and the wonderful thing about the Whig Party splitting up is the other half elected Abraham Lincoln,” he added.
Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, also said if the GOP persists in their efforts, “The emperor has a wonderful suit of new clothes, I think the Republicans will lose the Senate and we’ll have a Democratic Senate and House next year.”
The Senate currently has a GOP majority, with the party holding 53 seats in the upper chamber.
Weld, speaking ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucuses, said he and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out The Memo: 'Hillbilly Elegy' author binds himself to Trump after past criticism Joe Walsh says radio show canceled due to Trump criticism MORE (R-Ill.) expect to do “reasonably well” in the caucuses, noting Walsh spent more time in the Hawkeye State. The former governor said he will have to “wait and see” what happens in the following New Hampshire primary.
Weld and Walsh have launched long shot challenges against President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE for the GOP nomination.
—Updated at 5:27 p.m.