President Donald Trump’s only Republican challenger has admitted he has an uphill battle in convincing Republican voters to support his presidential bid.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld spoke about running against Trump during an interview with C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” saying that he understands many voters approve of Trump and there is little interest for a serious Republican challenger.
However, the Republican claimed that his goal is to cut into the support of Trump, pointing to a past candidate who had done something similar.
“A primary challenger can, as Pat Buchanan did, help to create that unrest,” Weld said.
As IJR Red previously reported, Trump recently hit his highest approval rating ever. According to a Gallup poll, he had 46% approval overall for the latter half of April, which is his highest to date. The president maintained a 91% approval with Republicans.
Yet Weld continues to be optimistic, claiming that there is no way to tell how the ratings will look next year, saying, “A year is a long time. Eighteen months is forever in national politics, and a lot is going on.”
He also went after the president over refusing to work with Democratic lawmakers on infrastructure due to ongoing investigations.
“The president is just abdicating his responsibility as president. I think that is so outrageous that I think it’s going to sink in overtime in the consciousness of the American people that we can’t have this guy doing this job,” said Weld.
Despite Weld’s criticism, the Republican party does not seem ready to give up their support of the president. As IJR Red reported, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has already stated they would support Trump.
“The RNC and the Republican Party are firmly behind the president,” reads the organization’s statement. “Any effort to challenge the president’s nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere.”