Nik DeCosta-Klipa: Bill Weld compares Donald Trump to defunct, 19th-century ‘Know-Nothing Party’


By Nik DeCosta-Klipa,, July 7th, 2016:

Bill Weld is back with more strong historical parallels for the 2016 campaign.

Addressing the National Press Club at a luncheon Thursday in Washington, D.C., the former Massachusetts governor alluded that Donald Trump’s campaign was the reincarnation of a short-lived nativist movement in the 1800s and said his running mate, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, reminded him of President Abraham Lincoln.

“A storm is brewing this year, and it seems possible the Republican Party will even crack in two,” Weld, the Libertarian vice presidential nominee, said of his former party.

Read the rest of the article here. 

Note from ATPR: Johnson’s and Weld’s entire statements at the National Press Club on July 7th, 2016 can be read here. 

(Via American Third Party Report)

10 thoughts on “Nik DeCosta-Klipa: Bill Weld compares Donald Trump to defunct, 19th-century ‘Know-Nothing Party’

  1. Rebel Alliance

    Weld might as well be describing himself. He knows nothing about the Libertarian Party or what it stands for.

  2. Thane Eichenauer

    A whole article about how William Weld described the Trump movement in less than favorable terms. That doesn’t sound very notable over the long run. Gary Johnson talking gets a sentence/paragraph of comment near the end which I personally don’t sneeze at.

    I wonder what William Weld thinks of the US government campaign to instigate strife and conflict in Syria? Someone in the news industry must be assigned to Syria.

  3. Deran

    Trump is a classic Know-Nothing. Nativism, fearmongering, threats and bluster. It’s Latinos and Muslims in Trump’s case, not Free Masons, Roman Catholics and Irish like the originals.

  4. Bondurant

    Weld takes a jab at Trump at every opportunity while complimenting Hillary at every opportunity. It would be nice if he realized he was running against her too.

    He’s obviously only looking to build upon the LP as GOP spoiler fallacy. For him it’s about stopping Trump, not getting Johnson and himself elected. He’s in the pockets of Hillary and the establishment “two party” system.

  5. Thane Eichenauer

    Bondurant> For him it’s about stopping Trump

    I wouldn’t be surprised that should Johnson and Weld continue with their current shtick that they will end up being helpful for Trump. Their hard line on Trump and the passes they give to Clinton can only serve to drive some voters to Trump. If you have favorable feelings about Hillary Clinton you might be peeled away by Gary Johnson and William Weld. If you favor Donald Trump all the Johnson/Weld criticism is going to sound like so much blah, blah, blah you already hear from the mainstream media.

  6. Rebel Alliance

    “For him it’s about stopping Trump, not getting Johnson and himself elected.”

    For Weld it’s about recycling tired 1980s Republican rhetoric as Libertarian, sucking up to Hillary, and totally wasting the opportunity to educate the public about libertarian ideals. This is the worst LP ticket since Barr/Root, probably even including that. At least Barr and WAR knew enough to give lip service to libertarian positions.

  7. Tony From Long Island

    First of all, Weld is spot-on correct. Second, stopping Trump from being elected president might be the most important thing in the history of this nation.

    As usual, the regular whiners on this board will take every single opportunity to complain rather than critique what the man said.

    Bondurant: If there were mandatory voting, but the choices were only D and R, are you saying that people who would otherwise vote Libertarian would split evenly between D and R in said hypothetical? In my opinion, it would be 80% R and 20% D, so it’s not such a “fallacy.”

  8. Questioning Humanity's Intelligence

    Tony, it would split evenly. Most actual libertarians that understand the ideology know that libertarians are most ideologically matched to moderate Democrats, NOT Republicans in any sense. Libertarians are classical LIBERALS.

  9. Bondurant

    The spoiler fallacy is how the establishment fights against the Libertarian and Green parties. The GOP claims they are entitled to LP votes with Democrats claim to be entitled to GP votes. One cannot assume why someone votes any certain way. Polling data in some states has indicated the LP pulls in equal or more votes from Democrats. Virginia in particular. When McAuluffe defeated Cuccinelli (I’m betting I’ve spelled both names wrong) for governor, it was determined that Sarvis only decreased McAuluffe’s overall lead. Republicans were crying that if Sarvis had not won then the GOP would have won the governorship in VA but exit polling data showed that claim to be drastically false.

    Gun grabs and mandatory voting, eh? The authoritarian in you is strong.

    As for Clinton v Trump, pick your poison and believe either is worse than the other if you choose. This is exactly why options are needed. Clinton and Trump are the worst nominees in the history of our nation. We lose either way.

  10. Tony From Long Island

    The mandatory voting was HYPOTHETICAL senor Bondurant. Are you speaking to me as a Jedi contemplating how much of the dark side flows in me? 🙂

    I still disagree that L’s split evenly. Another reason I left the party was because as someone who leans a bit left, I felt alone. I joined for the social stances and was only so-so on the economic. But as I grew older, I evolved a bit – especially on the gun issue . . . but I digress . . .

    Oh, I just took the I Side With again: Jill Stein 93% Hillary 91% Gary Johnson 73% and The Trumpster Fire 39%

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