by Frank Holmes, reporter
As Hillary Clinton gears up for a presidential grudge match in 2020, she just unveiled her secret weapon: a GOP coup to topple Donald Trump from within.
And the first man to step up to the plate is her good friend, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld.
Weld, a liberal Republican, announced on Friday that he formed a presidential exploratory committee to consider challenging Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.
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Trump is “unstable,” acts like “a schoolyard bully” and “virtually spat on the idea that we should have freedom of the press.”
But there’s more to William F. Weld than the media reported — he and the Clintons are lifelong pals.
Back in 1974, he worked on the House Impeachment Committee — where he became bosom buddies with a young, left-wing lawyer named Hillary Rodham. She married Bill Clinton, and the three stayed thick-as-thieves.
They were all Ivy League elitists who looked down on working Americans. Weld once explained, “The Welds don’t make money; they have money.”
He spent his life trying to get conservatives to resign during the Reagan administration and purge the GOP.
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He had been reelected governor in 1994 and promised to serve his state. But he got bored and lost a Senate race against John Kerry in 1996.
When Bill Clinton tapped Weld as his ambassador to Mexico in 1997, Weld quit as governor almost two years before his term was up.
But less than two months later, he withdrew from that in order to focus on running for president in 2000. Instead, he had an affair, got divorced, and lost the Republican nomination for governor of New York.
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He campaigned for his close friend, Mitt Romney, in 2012—but when Hillary ran in 2016, Weld pulled his dirty tricks as the vice presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party.
“Even Benedict Arnold changed allegiances less often,” said Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
As a “libertarian,” Weld compared Trump’s immigration enforcement to the Holocaust.
The Boston Globe reported that Weld made a secret pact to attack Trump—and Trump alone—the last five weeks of the election, to throw the election to Hillary.
Weld wanted Trump to lose because hatched a plot to kick middle-class voters out of the GOP.
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The paper reported that Weld was already “working with longtime Republican leaders such as Mitt Romney and Haley Barbour to create a new path for the party after the election.”
The Globe added that Weld was sick of Gary Johnson attacking Hillary, so “Weld strategists researched Libertarian Party rules to see if it were possible for him to take over the top of the ticket.”
Weld planned a coup inside two parties!
And he threw everything he had into defending his old Watergate friend, Crooked Hillary.
One week before the election, Weld said Hillary’s e-mails were “a distraction,” and “we should just ignore it, because there’s nothing there.”
“I’m here vouching for Mrs. Clinton…based on my personal experience with her,” Weld—who was supposed to be Hillary’s “opponent”—said.
He gave the game away by saying he spoke up because it was important for Hillary “to have people vouch for her other than members of the Democratic National Committee.”
So, he would run interference for her on the outside.
Now, he’s running for president again—but this time, Republican leaders see through Weld’s ploy to set Trump up for the kill.
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“I question his integrity,” said New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Steve Stepanek.
“Someone who endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee really needs to think about how welcome he is in the Republican Party,” he continued.
“Bill Weld declared he would be a ‘Libertarian for life’ at the 2016 Libertarian national convention, and within three years he’s switched back to being a Republican to run against our president. In 2016, he also bragged about giving Hillary Clinton a win in New Hampshire,” he said. “I don’t expect his campaign to get very far among Republican primary voters.”
Others in the Granite State agreed.
“It’s an ego trip,” said New Hampshire State Representative Al Baldasaro.
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Weld may want to rethink the whole thing this time out.
A humiliating new poll found that more New Hampshire Republicans support Ben Shapiro for president than Weld!
But with Hillary’s backing, Weld may just do her dirty work one more time.
— Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”