Bill Weld, known for being a former Massachusetts Governor, has officially announced his intention to run for president in 2020, challenging Donald Trump.
Weld will run in the Republican Party and challenge the reality TV star in the primary. For this to happen, he had to change his party affiliation from Libertarian to Republican.
He delivered a moving speech in which he stated that he saw the country as one in a state of despair, and hopes that he could be the power that changes things for the better.
The moderate politician added that he felt irresponsible sitting idly and waiting for things to change without taking action himself and has apparently decided to step up and challenge Trump on his politics and overall direction.
Weld explained: "I’m here because I think our country is in grave peril. And I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines any longer."
He added: "Our president is simply too unstable to carry out the duties of the highest office in the land. He's simply in the wrong place. We cannot sit passively as our precious democracy slips quietly into darkness. Congress must do its duty and citizens we must do ours."
The politician also invited others to join him in helping the country get back to normal, and he remarked that the country was “slipping quietly into darkness” and this had to be stopped.
This is the first time Trump has been challenged directly, and it is not clear if Weld has any further intentions to dig down in this direction in his upcoming platform.
Weld seemed particularly disappointed at the attitude Trump has shown towards the press and people’s overall freedom of speech, adding that Trump has also contributed to cases of racism through the country.
So far, Weld seems to be enjoying some support among Trump critics, although it remains to be seen if his platform will take off once 2020 rolls around.
It does seem like a large number of people are growing disappointed with Trump’s current approach, and have started to gravitate towards people challenging his views and position, something which could benefit Weld to a great extent.