Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld on Wednesday won the endorsement of The Boston Globe, which described him as “an astute, able, and affable former prosecutor… whose nomination would help restore principle and probity to the GOP.”
The newspaper’s editorial board issued their endorsement about a week before Massachusetts holds its Republican primary, in which Weld is challenging President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, on March 3. Weld is the only Republican candidate for president other than Trump to win a single delegate at this point.
In their endorsement, the editors note that “if a Republican Rip Van Winkle had dozed off during Ronald Reagan’s presidency to wake during President Trump’s, he would no longer recognize his party.”
The editors note Trump’s fondness for tariffs, his having “bullied Mexico, Canada, and the European Union” on trade deals, the rising federal deficit, and his disrespect for “the rule of law,” as shown in his statements about the U.S. attorney general.
“It goes almost without saying that for Republicans who cherish the GOP’s distant legacy as the party of Abraham Lincoln, this president’s racism and nativism should be particularly repellent,” they continue. “Nominating William F. Weld would move the Republican Party from cultish adherence to the person of the president to the traditional tenets and propriety of the office.”
The editors conclude, “Nominating Weld would also help restore dignity and decency to the national conversation. A personable practitioner of collegial politics, he is able to disagree without being disagreeable. His dry, sly wit would be a welcome tonic to Trump’s tawdry discourse.”
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