The man whose name appeared on the Libertarian Party ticket next to former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson during the 2016 election said Monday he will challenge President Donald J. Trump in the 2020 primary.
“Ours is a nation built on courage, resilience, and independence. In these times of great political strife, when both major parties are entrenched in their ‘win at all cost’ battles, the voices of the American people are being ignored and our nation is suffering,” Bill Weld said in a statement.
Johnson and Weld got crushed in 2016. The pair did not even poll well enough to be allowed on national debate stages, and in an election during which Libertarians were expected to make headway, managed only 3.27 percent of the vote, or just over 4 million total votes.
“It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity, and opportunity for all,” Weld’s statement continued. “There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight.”
CNN’s Manu Raju said that Weld plans to focus especially on the state of New Hampshire during the primary.
Weld was a Republican governor of Massachusetts who advocated for gun control in the 1990’s. He was also known for his gubernatorial administration’s push for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement an electric car mandate. He also endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008.
He only rejoined the Republican Party again in February after his brief stint of Libertarianism.
From Republican, to endorsing a Democrat, to Libertarian, and back again, Weld is poised to add another chapter to his bizarre political career in 2020.
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Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale’s Confidence Could Jeopardize Re-Election Chances
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is getting criticized harder than ever after the rally fiasco in Tulsa, Okla. on Saturday.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has bragged about far-left activists using TikTok to trick the campaign into bragging about an inflated number of ticket requests for the rally, which drew considerably less than capacity.
She clowned Parscale in a Twitter post on Saturday:
KPop allies, we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too 😌
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020
While Ocasio-Cortez wants to brag about TikTok youngsters sabotaging the rally, it was really Parscale’s own incompetence that resulted in the embarrassment.
He bragged about the number of sign-ups without seemingly ever verifying their authenticity:
Before entering each guest will get:
There will be precautions for the heat and bottled water as well.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 15, 2020
This makes Parscale’s notion of a ultra-effective “death star” driving the Trump re-election operation seem all the more laughable:
For nearly three years we have been building a juggernaut campaign (Death Star). It is firing on all cylinders. Data, Digital, TV, Political, Surrogates, Coalitions, etc.
In a few days we start pressing FIRE for the first time. pic.twitter.com/aJgCNfx1m0
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) May 7, 2020
“I think people liked the myth that teenagers could take down the Trump Death Star, but I would not be surprised that the Trump campaign was seeing those numbers and decided they didn’t need to do follow-up calls because their numbers were so good,” veteran digital staffer Melissa Ryan said about Parscale’s rally snafu.
“If you’re doing campaign data, you should be able to realize when your system is getting gamed. If you’re getting a flood of signups, if your first instinct is to announce it on Twitter rather than check the tires, that’s just incompetence,” Ryan added.
All sides of the Trump movement are apparently getting fed up with Parscale’s incompetence as well. Former Trump 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spoke out publicly about comedy of errors that were made due to Parscale’s woeful stewardship of the campaign.
“I think a fundamental mistake was made,” Lewandowski said. “Overpromising and underdelivering is the biggest mistake you can make in politics.”
“I lived this as you know, I did this when candidate Trump was running. We won 38 primaries and caucuses under my stewardship, obviously all due to Donald Trump, but we never did something like this,” he continued, referring to the 2016 campaign when he was at the helm.
“And what that means is we have to go back and re-evaluate the system in which people were getting those tickets and determining if they were real, if they were robots, and putting additional protocols in place so this doesn’t happen again,” Lewandowski added.
Even Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the power couple known as “Javanka,” are angry at Parscale over his failures. Javanka has been close with Parscale, backing up his rise within the Trump White House, since before the 2016 campaign when Parscale was a website builder for Trump with zero political experience.
“Jared and Ivanka are pissed at Brad over promising on crowd size,” a campaign source close to Javanka reportedly said following the rally.
Big League Politics has been reporting on Parscale’s management for months now:
Some of President Donald Trump’s top confidants are urging for campaign manager Brad Parscale to be fired and replaced with someone deemed by observers as more competent and qualified heading into this year’s election against former Vice President Joe Biden.
“People within his inner circle continue to question Brad’s ability to bring the campaign down the home stretch because of his inexperience,” a longtime adviser to the president told the New York Post.
“There’s no strategy, there’s no messaging,” the adviser added.
A Republican insider noted that Parscale was put into the position because of his connections to Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has been pushing the administration to the Left throughout his tenure as senior adviser. Parscale has even brought disgraced Bush-era globalist Karl Rove into the fold.
“Jared put Brad in charge of the whole thing because he is loyal to the family — not because he is a political operator,” the GOP insider said. “Brad has zero experience running a national campaign.”
Parscale has been cashing in, living a lavish lifestyle while Trump’s re-election campaign spins its wheels.
“The money stuff rankles people in a major way,” a long-time GOP campaigner told the Post, referencing Parscale’s $2.4 million mansion on a Fort Lauderdale, Fla beachfront, his new $400,000 yacht, and a stable of luxury automobiles.
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