The Republican National Committee (RNC) spoke out in response to former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld’s announcing his 2020 presidential run on Monday, and they’re standing by President Donald Trump, according to a reporter for Business Insider.
“The RNC and the Republican Party are firmly behind the president,” the organization’s statement read. “Any effort to challenge the president’s nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere.”
RNC on Bill Weld challenging Trump: “The RNC and the Republican Party are firmly behind the president. Any effort to challenge the president’s nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere”
— Joe Perticone (@JoePerticone) April 15, 2019
According to Weld, he decided to challenge Trump for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination due to what he considers to be divisive leadership from Trump.
“I’d be ashamed of myself if hadn’t raised my hand and said count me in,” Weld told ABC in an interview on Monday. “I think that the president is a very divisive force and that’s just not my style and it’s not what Americans deserve.”
Watch Weld’s announcement below:
"Jake, I'm announcing that I'm running for President… as a Republican against the President in 2020."
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) April 15, 2019
However, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel recently explained why the organization would not support anyone except the president in the 2020 election, as IJR Red previously reported:
“The president has 93 percent approval in our party, our country is booming, jobs are coming back, wages are up, the military has been strengthened, our veterans have been taken care of, our trade deals are stronger. We have put rule of law judges at every level of the courts, including the Supreme Court with [Brett] Kavanaugh and [Neil] Gorsuch. What would any Republican be thinking saying, ‘This is a guy I’m going to run against.’”
She also joked about other potential presidential candidates running, claiming that it was pointless.
Watch the moment below:
.@GOPChairwoman on possible GOP 2020 primary challengers to Pres. Trump: “They have the right to jump in and lose, that’s fine. They'll lose, terribly. The president has 93% approval in our party…Have at it. Go ahead, waste your money, waste your time and go ahead and lose." pic.twitter.com/mnmLES2Goe
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 28, 2019
“Have at it. Go ahead; waste your money, waste your time, and go ahead and lose,” said McDaniel.
Weld was the 2016 Libertarian vice presidential candidate and has already stated he will seek out the independent vote. Weld is the only Republican candidate so far who has announced a challenge against Trump, but Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) is reportedly considering a bid.