Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld told the Boston Globe that he will spend the remainder of his campaign working to stop Donald Trump from becoming president. By doing so, Weld has admitted that he knows that his running mate, Gary Johnson, will not win the presidency and is now for all intents and purposes, running to elect Hillary Clinton.
Weld said that Trump has his “full attention.” “I think Mr. Trump’s proposals in the foreign policy area, including nuclear proliferation, tariffs, and free trade, would be so hurtful, domestically and in the world, that he has my full attention,” Weld said.
He wouldn’t admit that this meant he was now hoping to elect Clinton, but it was only a week ago that Weld did say on MSNBC that he is “not sure anybody is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.”
Johnson’s repeated gaffes on foreign policy have all but ruined any chances he ever had, though, he didn’t really have much of a chance anyway. Weld likely understands that now with the media ripping apart Johnson, and now claiming that a vote for Johnson is a vote for Trump, he doesn’t want to see himself as the new Nader.
While it’s unlikely Johnson and Weld can pull enough Democratic voters to sway the election, Weld seems honestly concerned with the idea of a Trump presidency, joining the ranks of other conservatives who are rallying behind Clinton, whom they disagree with on many issues, but likely, as some on the further left have noted, would be easier to work under than Trump.
Weld’s strategy is not unlike two different plans I have put forward for voters. One being advocating that Republicans simply withhold their vote for Trump. They don’t have to vote for Clinton, but by not voting Trump, they damage his chances. I also put out a plan for the left on how to stop Trump while still building a third-party.