Donald Trump, best known as the inventor of the four-hour workday, will not secure the Republican nomination for President unchallenged: Bill Weld, the former Republican Governor of Massachusetts, officially announced his candidacy for the nomination on Monday.
In a statement, Weld said: "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. 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. There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight.”
As for his actual policy positions, Weld's website is little more than an ask for money, but a video released by his campaign makes it clear that his primary qualification is not being Donald Trump.
In addition to not being Donald Trump, Weld worked in the office of the Attorney General during the Reagan administration, served as Governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997, and was Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's running mate during the 2016 Presidential race (which, btw, they lost). Weld is one of those socially libertarian, fiscally conservative types who believes in shrinking both tax rates and the social safety net, and unless it comes out that Donald Trump is actually a sack of sweet potatoes sitting on a gold toilet, his chances of winning the Republican nomination are less than zero. Still, it's good to see that not everyone in the Republican Party is willing to let the nomination go to that Trumpster fire in DC without a fight. Just almost everyone.