It was believed that the 2020 presidential elections would not be easy for President Donald Trump, and the level just upgraded when the competition on the home side intensified. A former state governor, William Weld recently became the first Republican to run against Trump in the primaries.
On Monday, the 73-year-old former governor of Massachusetts announced his candidacy, calling it a “time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity and opportunity for all”. He said, “There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight.”
Two years back, Weld ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket, a right-wing party that advocates free market principles and personal freedom. This would be the first time in 28 years that an incumbent president is challenged in the primaries. Last time, it was George H W Bush, who faced a notable primary challenge in 1992.
The new candidate accused President Trump of leaving the nation in “grave peril” and has said his “priorities are skewed toward promotion of himself rather than for the good of the country”.
However, the competition hasn’t just upraised for Trump alone. Democrats, who had cracked certain target areas during the 2018 midterm elections against the President, will also have to make a redoubled effort.
By far, the Democratic Party has confirmed nearly 19 candidates to run for the president in 2020. Each of them has been playing against the denounced actions of Trump, be it the investigations against him, his healthcare policies, or his extremist approach of leading America. Recently, some of these candidates have also released their tax returns records, unlike Trump.
While the Democratic stance against Trump is going quite strong, it is believed that Weld might have trouble in competing with him. According to a nonbinding resolution issued in January by the Republican National Committee, Trump still is popular amongst the Republican voters, who remain undivided in backing the President.
The dynamics of the upcoming presidential elections have been constantly changing lately, making it difficult to assert anything at present. With the soaring complications, each candidate is just striving to put their best foot forward. Will Weld’s entry in the race be impactful?
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has left no point to bemuse Americans with his decision-making skills.