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Bill Weld Compares Trump to Orwell's 'Big Brother' Character

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 12:13 PM

Libertarian vice-presidential candidate Bill Weld turned MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program into a story time early Tuesday by reading passages out loud from George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" and comparing its "Big Brother" character to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

"So, you know, Big Brother is running the country in George Orwell's "1984," and every day he beams two minutes of hate into the minds of everyone in the country. So here's three sentences," the former Massachusetts governor told the program, before reading the passages from Chapter 1 of the book:

"'Before the Hate had proceeded for 30 seconds, uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking out from half the people in the room,'" Weld read. "In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the top of their voices ... The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate — that's the name of the exercise — was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in ... And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.'"

"Sound like a Trump rally?" Weld asked at the end of the passage.

"Or like a Kanye West concert," show host Joe Scarborough joked.

"Welcome to Donald Trump's America, everybody," Weld replied, agreeing with a question about whether he thinks Trump has injected "a poison" into the political system.

"I think his whole campaign has been full of dog whistles and stirring up resentment and not too strong a word, hatred," said Weld. He said he thinks the rhetoric is at an unprecedented level in American politics, but he and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson would "stir up the post in a good way because the Democrats and Republicans in Washington have had a monopoly for too long."

Weld said he'll vote for his own ticket, but "the most important thing for the country is that Donald Trump not be elected president."

The former governor also spoke out about FBI James Comey's letter to Congress last week about the possibility of more evidence in Hillary Clinton's ongoing email scandal, saying he thinks Comey was "between a rock and a hard place," but he shouldn't have come in 10 days before an election with something that's a non-story."

"They haven't read the emails yet," said Weld. "All they have is a laptop with umpteen thousand emails on them, and that investigation properly is not going to be completed for months"

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Libertarian vice-presidential candidate Bill Weld turned MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program into a story time early Tuesday by reading passages out loud from George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" and comparing its "Big Brother" character to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
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