- The Washington Times - Friday, May 10, 2019

Presidential candidate former Gov. Bill Weld said Friday he doesn’t understand why Republicans are defending President Trump, who he said is acting more like a king than a president.

“I don’t understand why nobody will bell the cat. It really seems to me to be the case no one will say that the emperor has no clothes until a 6-year-old boy says it. Then everyone says, oh yeah we knew that all along,” the Massachusetts Democrat said on CNN’s “Newsroom” show.

“I think that dam is going to burst at some point and the president can’t continue to live in this unreality that he’s concocted for himself. The president wants to be reappointed president by the Republican National Committee and he doesn’t want any interference with that hallowed process,” he said.

Mr. Weld continued, saying Mr. Trump is acting like a “king or a despot” who “wants to be reappointed.”

“The framers of our constitution, if nothing else, they were united in their desire to not have another king in the United States, and Donald J. Trump, candidly, looks like he would rather be a king than a president who had to work to earn and preserve the trust of the American people,” he said.

Mr. Weld said he is going up to campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire for the 2020 Republican nomination for president, replacing Mr. Trump.

He faces a steep uphill battle, as a new CNN poll found that 86 percent of registered Republicans approve of Mr. Trump’s job performance.


• Bailey Vogt can be reached at bvogt@washingtontimes.com.

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