A former Republican Governor has become the first to challenge President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 elections.
"Ours is a nation built on courage, resilience, and independence". Bill Weld, who was the Libertarian candidate for vice president in 2016, announced the longshot bid during a CNN appearance Monday, the Washington Post reports.
This story is still developing. Mr Weld has released a campaign video which showcases his political style against the current president's.
Bill Weld, 73, a former governor of MA governor, announced that he would be making the rare move against an incumbent president by calling on "patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag".
No candidate that has gone up against an incumbent president has ever been successful at winning the nomination in the modern era, so Weld will face an uphill battle on his quest to unseat Trump.
Vice Presidential Candidate Governor William Weld, Presidential Candidate Governor Gary Johnson and Michael Smerconish attend the SiriusXM Libertarian Presidential Forum at the National Constitution Center September 12, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"So I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't raise my hand and run".
Weld later stated that he doesn't think he would run as an independent if he doesn't win the Republican nomination.
"Particularly in New Hampshire, where I'm spending a lot of time, it's one vote at a time and one voter at a time, and you gotta meet 'em", he said.
Weld described himself as a "Republican who works across the aisle and gets things done", and said he would have a "bipartisan Cabinet" if he won the presidency.
As Axios notes, Weld holds generally liberal views when it comes to social issues, including supporting abortion, legalized marijuana, and same-sex marriage.
He added that he feels Trump "mocks the rule of law". Years earlier, Weld was among a handful of top Justice Department officials to resign in protest over alleged ethical violations by then-Attorney General Ed Meese, long a favorite of conservatives. The former governor has called on Americans to stand up against the "schoolyard bully" in the Oval Office.
"I've never seen such bitterness in this country", he said.