Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld is primarying Donald Trump. And unlike Trump (natch) Weld accepted an invitation to speak at the NAACP convention on Wednesday. What he said was noteworthy:
Unless the Republican party in Washington expressly, expressly rejects the racism of Donald Trump they are going to come to be universally viewed as the party of racism in America.
His interview with Lawrence O'Donnell expanded on that theme. In addition, as a former federal prosecutor (and Robert Mueller's boss at the Justice Department), Weld said he WOULD have indicted Trump and kept the indictment under seal, so that the statute of limitations would not run out.
ON THE FUTURE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND TRUMP'S RACISM
You know, I said that the president made the choice to be a racist along time ago when he boasted in the housing business with his father, "we have ways to keep people like them, people of color out of our projects" but now the Republican Party has a choice. They act like they think sometimes it's a political choice. It's not a political choice. It's a moral choice, and they will be judged by the results of that choice.
ON THE MUELLER TESTIMONY:
ON REPUBLICANS BLOCKING ELECTION INTERFERENCE LEGISLATION:
Memo to Weld: You're not going to get far having a cozy first-name relationship with Mitch McConnell. But we sure hope you beat Trump in New Hampshire. That would throw the GOP into a real tizzy. Good luck.
Fox is already trying to downplay Weld.