Bill Weld

Bill Weld Tells Republicans to Vote Against 'Unhinged' Donald Trump (UPDATED)

"This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining," says the Libertarian vice presidential nominee

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Bill Weld at the Democratic National Convention. ||| Matt Welch
Matt Welch

Bill Weld wants you to know that he really, really, really doesn't like Donald Trump. The Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, who started off his ticket's media campaign by expressing an open preference for his "old friend" Hillary Clinton over the Republican nominee, and then spent the intervening months trying to walk back that sentiment and batting down persistent rumors that he was going to drop out or "exclusively" criticize Trump, took the unusual step yesterday of releasing a prepared statement "regarding the final weeks of this election."

"I would not have stepped out of the swirl of the campaign to make this statement," Weld said, "if I did not fear for our country, as I do."

The former Massachusetts governor addressed himself specifically "to all those in the electorate who remain torn between two so-called major party candidates whom they cannot enthusiastically support," particularly "those Republicans who feel that our President should exhibit commonly accepted standards of decency and discipline." What does he say to those Republicans who can't bring themselves to vote third party? Defeat Donald Trump. Excerpt:

After careful observation and reflection, I have come to believe that Donald Trump, if elected President of the United States, would not be able to stand up to this pressure and this criticism without becoming unhinged and unable to perform competently the duties of his office. […]

This is the worst of American politics. I fear for our cohesion as a nation, and for our place in the world, if this man who is unwilling to say he will abide by the result of our national election becomes our President.

This great nation has weathered policy differences throughout our history, and we will do so again. Not in my lifetime, though, has there been a candidate for President who actually makes me fear for the ultimate well-being of the country, a candidate who might in fact put at risk the solid foundation of America that allows us to endure even ill-advised policies and the normal ebb and flow of politics.

In the final days of this very close race, every citizen must be aware of the power and responsibility of each individual vote. This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining. Donald Trump should not, cannot, and must not be elected President of the United States.

Read the whole statement here.

In follow-up conversation with reporters, Weld "refused to say whether he was asking undecided voters and Republicans to back Clinton," reported The Boston Globe. "Nor did he make a strong pitch for them to get behind him and his Libertarian presidential running mate, Gary Johnson." According to MassLive, Weld offered these words about Clinton: "I've said what I've said about her in the past….I think she's qualified, and you know, I'm not saying the same things as I'm saying about Donald Trump, put it that way."

It's hard to imagine this maneuver doing much to allay Libertarians' long-standing suspicions of Weld's motives and libertarian bonafides. Many people (myself included) are at least slightly more horrified at the prospect of a President Trump than a President Clinton, but we are also not on the ballot representing a third party desperate to clear the 5 percent voting threshold. I can't see this convincing many Republicans to vote Libertarian (after all, he addressed it specifically "to all those in the electorate who remain torn between two so-called major party candidates"), but it's pretty easy to see it at least semi-working as a virtue-signaling exercise aimed at Weld's Trump-hating milieu.

Weld is continuing to actively campaign, including tomorrow in traditionally Libertarian-friendly Alaska. From our November issue, read an edited transcript of five interviews we conducted with the Libertarian Party ticket.

UPDATE: The Johnson campaign has released a follow-up statement, under the headline "The Democratic Media Machine Is at it Again…False Stories," authored by Communications Director Joe Hunter. Excerpt:

Led by Occupy Democrats, a well-known mouthpiece for the left, the sensationalists and wishful thinkers are re-writing Gov. Weld's forceful condemnation of Donald Trump into a suggestion that voters should support Hillary Clinton. That is absurd.

Governor Weld and Governor Johnson are campaigning nonstop, with rallies and appearances scheduled over the next few days across the country from Alaska to Cincinnati, and are fully committed to giving voters the third choice they deserve in this election.

Any suggestion to the contrary is the product of active imaginations and partisans in both the Republican and Democrat camps [….]

Governor Weld has made clear from day one his fear of a potential Trump presidency, just as he has made clear his policy differences with Hillary Clinton. The only candidate he is urging voters to support for President is Gov. Gary Johnson. Period.

The wishful thinkers need to take a break and start wishing for something else, because the Johnson-Weld ticket is not giving an inch to Donald Trump OR Hillary Clinton.

UPDATE 2: In a follow-up interview with Slate's Isaac Chotiner published tonight, Weld kind of blinked at the question of what to tell Trump-fearing voters in swing states:

WELD: I think there is a decent chance Donald Trump could win the thing. I think there is a hidden Trump vote of 3–4–5 percent of people who just don't want to admit to a pollster that they are going to vote for Donald Trump. I don't know if you saw the statement I put out yesterday but I addressed it squarely toward Republicans who are standing by while the Trump train chugs on. That's why my remarks were about Donald Trump and not anybody else. I wanted to focus people's attention on this before we do ourselves some lasting harm, and I think the election of Donald Trump would constitute lasting harm.

CHOTINER: I don't know if I agree with you about the hidden Trump vote but—

WELD: I hope I am wrong.

CHOTINER: I hope you are wrong too. I just don't know how you tell people in swing states to vote for you and Gary Johnson instead of Hillary Clinton if that's the case.

WELD: [Nine second pause.] Is that a question?

CHOTINER: Take it for—

WELD: I see your point of view. You know, I stand by what I said about Libertarians getting a seat at the table of the national political dialogue going forward would be very good for the country. I think the two-party duopoly has become sick.

CHOTINER: Well, if Trump is elected we won't have a two-party duopoly but instead a one-party state.

WELD: I completely agree.

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  1. I’m shocked!

  2. i feel like there’s an editorial theme, but can’t quite put my finger on what it is.

    1. Is this their backhanded way of endorsing Hillary?

      1. No, i think its just become something like an editorial tic.

  3. “This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining,” says the Libertarian vice presidential nominee

    Way to score an own goal there, Bill.

    (I kid, i kid. Sort of.)

      1. Whoa, who do you think you are, my wife? My thoughts and prayers are with you.

        1. Look, there’s no easy way to say this: I want in on the body-fluid exchange you and Crusty have going on. Crusty’s only offering semen, but man…I can do saliva, urine, blood…whatever you guys want.

          1. Nice. Ok, we need about fifty CCs of cerebrospinal fluid by Friday. That’s your buy-in.

            1. In fact, Crusty is on his way to your location right now, with a skull shunt – if you’re very lucky he hasn’t had it in his mouth more than one or two times.

          2. Some if it might even be your own.

    1. So, is the third party telling me not to cast a mere feel good “wasted” vote on the third party?

  4. And who doesn’t want an establishment guy as your Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate? Weld really brought something to the ticket.

  5. “This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining,” says the Libertarian vice presidential nominee

    Funny how snugly that quote fits the head of his own ticket.

    1. This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote

      Implied here: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME

  6. Bill Weld looks like a small town funeral home director.

    1. He looks like the CEO of a local bank whose last location is about to close.

    2. Bill Weld looks like the guy holding the apple basket directing you in the orchard.

      1. He looks like an elderly lesbian.

  7. BUT WHAT DID HE SAY ABOUT HILLARY!?!?!? Fucking Libertarian candidates shilling for Hillary!

  8. Gosh Gary!

    I can see why you desperately wanted the man on your ticket! He truly is the wind beneath your wings!!!!!!

    So the choice really now is:

    None of the above?
    – or –
    Freddy and the Biped?

    This may be a tough choice.

  9. Nor did he make a strong pitch for them to get behind him and his Libertarian presidential running mate, Gary Johnson.”

    Historic opportunity

    Who here donated money to the LP?

    1. I’m keeping my powder dry for Foster/Rowe.

      1. I wish, I figure both (despite Kmele’s recent podcast musings) are too smart and reasonable for that shit though.

  10. Nothing about Bill Weld’s taint?

  11. Fuck Bill Weld. I’ve spent this entire campaign trying to make excuses for that motherfucker.

    Frankly, I’m getting to the point where if Johnson doesn’t lay down the law with this asshole, I’m going to have to seriously take a second look at Trump.

    1. Bill Weld lost me at “handguns are the real problem”. Everything else since then has just been a re-confirmation of how much I dislike this LINO.

      1. I want to believe that he might have had some sort of Paul on the way to Damascus moment. But, at this point, fuck him. I’m willing to believe he was always a lying sack of shit.

      2. Gelded Weld lost me at, “Hello.”

        And fuck GayJay with an acid drenched hockey stick for the unmitigated gall to say, “I NEED BILL WELD! He’s my Poltical Egg MacGuffin! Please, just give me Weld.” With Weld advising you, you sure as shit don’t need another opposition party, since he’s doing that role nicely on his own. And further underscore tarran’s point about GayJay’s absolutely dreadful (alleged) political instincts.

        It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it was Weld’s idea to set up HQ in Utah (great job defending that 1A in totality, guys. Now, Eggin’ McMuffing is making you two tools look like amateur jackasses), as opposed to GayJay’s home base of NM. Even MONDALE won his home state, for the love God….

        1. All you accomplished with your comment is now I want a sausage McMuffin.

          1. Here in ‘Merica, you can buy sausage McMuffins all day long. Progress!

    2. I’m still kind of new here and haven’t quite put my finger of how many levels of irony and sarcasm are typically cover the intent of a posting.
      But one question to all the people who are actually upset instead of feigning anger and sarcastically pointing out media stupidity:
      Have you read the Weld press release that his supposed Hillary endorsement came from, the campaigns response or seen his Facebook post of a few days ago when he said Hillary Clinton was unqualified to be President?
      This is so awesome! This is like what the 4th MSM article ‘Bill Weld is a Judas!!!’. I can’t remember any candidate who the media has been so one dimensionally negative in covering. Seriously any glimmer of agony for Gary and its all 5 highs and back slapping with these tools. Rachel Maddow looked absolutely radiant last night when talking about it.
      I’m just glad they are making their hostility to the LP so transparent. Bill Weld didn’t have enough time to fire off a Twitter response before they wrote and rewrote the story they wanted.

  12. This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining,

    That’s a funny way to get people to vote for Gary Johnson.

    1. This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote

      Bill Weld really gets America

  13. Bill Weld Tells Republicans to Vote Against ‘Unhinged’ Donald Trump

    He may be unhinged, but he’s going to personally save each of us from being subjected to butt sex by those millions of Mexican rapists banging on the very gate like so many of Hannibal’s Gauls and Carthaginians!

    Seriously, you should read the comments section in Daily Caller and other places and read the things the Trumpistas believe. Their arguments can be reduced to these and, yes, they’re THAT contrived:

    a) It is your patriotic duty – duty, I say! – to keep your neighbor employed in whatever buggy whip industry he happens to work for, and
    b) Free trade makes everyone poorer.

    I’ve read many a long-winded and convoluted argument from Trumpistas or calls for action that sound like the exhortations from those political commissars yelling at the troops in Enemy At The Gates. It’s scary, pathetic and sad, at the same time. El Trumpo is indeed a con-artists.

    1. Surely Bill Weld torpedoing the Libertarian Party will help stop that horrible man

      1. El Trumpo’s boorish nature, his strange orange glow and the fact that the image in one’s mind of that man kissing an unwilling woman is enough to upchuck even a vegetarian light dinner, will stop that horrible man. I am pointing out, however, the ridiculousness of many an El Trumpo supporter’s bromides and platitudes. I can’t tell who can be worse, if Marxians or Trumpistas. I think they’re cut from the same cloth.

        1. I still don’t see what the hell that has to do with Bill Weld undermining his own candidacy.

          1. Re: GILMORE(TM),

            The header says “Bill Weld Tells Republicans To Vote Against ‘Unhinged’ Donald Trump”. I am commenting on the part that says Donald Trump is ‘unhinged’ by agreeing that El Trumpo is indeed unhinged, and also that Trumpistas are worse, as I posited above.

          2. You are talking to Tulpa, not a profitable use of your valuable time.

        2. STFU and VOTE TRUMP

          1. Isn’t a large part of the reason to vote for Trump because people are saying STFU and vote against him?

            I really feel like you don’t understand how spite voting works, after all.

            1. He’s just trying to help along the spite vote with subliminal messaging. A subtle cue to guide them to what he sees as the wise choice of action.

  14. Yeah, you cosmos really screwed the pooch.

  15. According to MassLive, Weld offered these words about Clinton: “I’ve said what I’ve said about her in the past?.I think she’s qualified, and you know, I’m not saying the same things as I’m saying about Donald Trump, put it that way.”

    Hilary Clinton couldn’t have picked a better VP for the Libertarian ticket herself.

  16. Bill Geld (sic) may be just a few days away from calling for Block Insane Yomomma to cancel the election and name himself Dictator for Life.

    1. Would anyone be surprised?

    2. Bill Geld

      You get points for making sense; you lose points for obviousness. C-

  17. The sell-out caucus of the Libertarian Party needs to be purged. Go join the Democratic Party, where you belong

    1. I think you’d have better luck uring them to join the Republican party. After all, the sellouts keep nominating retread Republicans,

  18. I have to credit Bill Weld with one thing. He really knows how to unite people on opposite sides of a bunch of acrimonious political issues. His worthlessness unites us.

    1. The Kasich of the Libertarian ticket.

      1. The Benedickweed Arnold of the Libertarian ticket.

        1. At least Arnold was a hero before he became a traitor.

  19. “This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining,”

    Why not? I’m going to hate whoever’s in power, so I might as well have derived some pleasure at some point from whoever’s assfucking the economy.

  20. Fortunately, there’s a song for this situation.

  21. Bill Weld is a Trojan Human for the Democrats!

  22. Bill Weld Tells Republicans to Vote Against ‘Unhinged’ Donald Trump

    …by voting for Gary Johnson, right, right?!

    In follow-up conversation with reporters, Weld “refused to say whether he was asking undecided voters and Republicans to back Clinton,” reported The Boston Globe. “Nor did he make a strong pitch for them to get behind him and his Libertarian presidential running mate, Gary Johnson.” According to MassLive, Weld offered these words about Clinton: “I’ve said what I’ve said about her in the past?.I think she’s qualified, and you know, I’m not saying the same things as I’m saying about Donald Trump, put it that way.”

    FFS.

  23. You’d think the Libertarian Party would be ahead of the curve and would have tapped into the anger and the desire of change that voters are looking for in this election. Nope, two old white men (Sanders and Trump) did that. The LP seems to be stuck in some time warp where the only thing that matters are the same few social issues they always talk about. Then to top it off they go with a couple of ex-Republicans, one a washed up establishment GOPer from Massachusetts. After the election is over they’ll be celebrating how many extra crumbs fell their way and proclaiming that a big “Libertarian Moment” is right around the corner!

  24. Please, stop publishing what a POS Weld is. I’m already not wild about voting Johnson. Can we get another article about Johnson vetoing a bunch of spending bills while he was governor? I want to be reminded of the reason why I’m voting for him, in spite of his shit choice for a running mate and his own goofiness and poor job selling himself.

    1. Yeah. I’ve been flip flopping on whether or not to vote johnson or Trump, based on which is the better protest vote more likely to make people upset. The constant stupid pearl clutching and “Trump is the worst thing ever!” despite having relatively moderate policies (not really great policies, but moderate in the scheme of American politics) has made me want to vote for him as a fuck you to all those other people.

      And to see the Libertarian candidate engage in that same pearl clutching, I mean, saying Trumps the one that threatens one party rule? Really?

      And worse, it seems to show how utterly incompetent the Libertarians seem to be here. You want to make both establishment candidates equally bad.That way, there’s no danger to voting third party and possibly risking a flipped state. Every word you say should be tearing down your opponents and building yourself up.

      That’s what makes a reasonably good campaigner. Trump at least has always stayed on that message: I’m great, my opponents suck.

      Meanwhile, has this Weld ever said a bad thing about Clinton? You know YOUR GOD DAMN POLITICAL ENEMY? He’s making me think a vote for him is a vote for Hillary. And I will not vote for Hillary. Please give me something liberarian party.

  25. oh fuck off, Weld

  26. If this speech has any impact, it will be all the people who hate Weld deciding for Trump vs. staying home. Any Gary supporters who were susceptible to pressure to vote for Hillary have already succumbed, and the folks already voting for Trump don’t give a damn what any “establishment” politician has to say. At this point, Gary is pulling more from Trump than Hillary, so a better strategy would have been to stick to the script as Gary’s running mate. If Trump wins, it will all be Weld’s fault.

    1. /sarc for that last sentence, since Weld has too little influence to have a significant impact on anything.

  27. But, at this point, fuck him. I’m willing to believe he was always a lying sack of shit.

    By George, I think he’s got it!

  28. Hilary Clinton couldn’t have picked a better VP for the Libertarian ticket herself.

    Weld would have been a better pick than Kaine for the Demo slot.

    1. Kaine provided favors in reshuffling the DNC leadership that helped to rig the primaries, so he was repaid with the VP slot.

  29. I’d say I feel vindicated but that’s never really been in doubt.

  30. Weld just sabotaged his own campaign and is now campaigning with a wink and a nod for Clinton. Trump never had my vote and won’t get it but Johnson just lost it. Fuck it, I’m not voting.

  31. Thanks Weld, you just changed my vote fuckface. Fuck. With all of GayJay’s issues I was going to still vote for him. Not now. ClintonJohnson Trump or Almanian now.

    1. You could always just NOT VOTE.

      1. I vote no matter what. My write in for the Obama/McCain shitshow was “abolish political parties”. I’m sure someone looked at it and swirled their finger by their cranium.

  32. Oh FFS. This guy…

  33. What a tool.

    1. Given that the field of politicians is chock-full of tools, it’s really saying something that Weld stands out among them.

      1. Thread winner!

  34. Only three words are needed, and they’re words I shouldn’t have held back for this long.

    Fuck this guy.

  35. ‘Many people (myself included) are at least slightly more horrified at the prospect of a President Trump than a President Clinton,…’
    Many people, yourself included, are fucking delusional.

  36. Thank god the worlds ending anyway

  37. This is the Libertarian moment.

  38. It is absolutely mindblowing that this man had the arrogance to accept the nomination of a third party at its most critical moment with absolutely no intention of ever admitting that the existing parties are both bad (which would seem to be a foundational belief necessary to get involved in third party politics at all).

    He’s had chance after chance to say “They both suck! Vote Libertarian!” and he just can’t bring himself to.

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