On Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Show, correspondent Roy Wood Jr. interviewed President Trump’s primary challenger, Bill Weld, and convened “a focus group of Trump voters to see if there really are Republicans thirsty for something new.” While the panel definitely had some misgivings about the President, all of them indicated that they would support him again in 2020; much to Wood’s horror.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe stooped to a new low on Monday morning when the assembled panel refused to condemn 2020 Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld’s insistence that President Donald Trump should be put to death because, in his mind, he’s committed treason for his conversations with the Ukrainian president. Not only that, but Weld twice made this case while panelists Mike Barnicle, Mika Brzezinski, Elise Jordan Joe Scarborugh, and Michael Steele refused to push back along with fellow Trump challengers Mark Sanford and Joe Walsh.
On Monday, all three network morning shows were giddy over two weak challengers against President Trump in the 2020 Republican primary and even hoping for more quixotic candidates to enter the race. NBC and ABC touted ex-Congressman Joe Walsh issuing a “stinging rebuke” to Trump while CBS again urged contributor and former Senator Jeff Flake to jump in the contest.
Of course, Stephanopoulos humored him by letting the former Congressman bash the President and pushed back weakly on Walsh’s history of incredibly racist statements. Yet, during the so-called “powerhouse roundtable”, they admitted that Walsh didn’t have a chance at beating Trump; and Stephanopoulos found the important “question” was whether or not Walsh could “wound” the President’s chances.
Just days after announcing that he was forming an exploratory committee to run against President Trump in the Republican primary, longshot Presidential candidate Bill Weld appears to have at least one passionate supporter in the media: ABC’s Matthew Dowd. Even after his fellow panelists on This Week made compelling arguments explaining why Weld’s candidacy will ultimately not go anywhere, Dowd still described Weld's primary challenge to the President as a “really smart political move” and maintained that Weld “would get 18, 19, 20, 22 percent of the vote” and force President Trump into debates.
As Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld appeared as a guest on Monday's New Day, co-host Chris Cuomo repeatedly pressed him over whether his candidacy with Gary Johnson as presidential nominee was hurting Hillary Clinton to the benefit of Donald Trump. Even after Weld argued that he believes that mostly moderate Republicans are planning to vote for the Libertarian ticket, Cuomo pressed him twice more on the issue.
“The Chicago Tribune is clearly unconcerned that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson didn't know what Aleppo is, couldn't identify a single foreign leader for Chris Matthews and was clueless about the identity of Harriet Tubman,” James Warren stated in an article posted on Friday.
Warren's remarks on the newspaper's endorsement of Johnson for president are particularly interesting since he previously served as the Washington Bureau chief for the newspaper before becoming the chief media writer for the Poynter.org website.
Michael Smerconish wants to help the Libertarian presidential ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld participate in the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates. The big problem is that the Libertarians must show they have reached a level of 15% support in an average of five national polls and they aren't there yet. Therefore Michael Smerconish has an idea for his viewers: lie like hell. I kid you not.
Smerconish made this unique suggestion on his CNN show on Saturday. His idea is that if a pollster contacts you that you should lie and tell him that you support Gary Johnson for president even if you don't. The whole purpose would be to get the Libertarian ticket level of support to 15% to get them into the presidentials debates. Here is Smerconish recommending that you lie to pollsters:
After aggressively ignoring alternatives to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for months, CBS on Wednesday not only featured Libertarian nominees Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the show’s hosts quizzed them about the problem of big government. In a segment that last almost six minutes, CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose offered a question not seen much on network television: “Ronald Reagan said government is not the solution, government is the problem. Is government the problem?”
The Libertarian Party candidate for president, Gary Johnson, joined Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation Sunday to discuss the prospects of a third party’s chances of success in 2016. But Sharpton’s real goal seemed to be to defend Hillary Clinton and discredit Libertarians by asking Johnson, “Do you ever have any slight fear even that you may be taking votes from Hillary Clinton and helping to elect Donald Trump?”
On Thursday's At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan, CNN host John Berman asked a provocative question about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's mental processes that you would never hear a CNN anchor raise about Hillary Clinton despite her perpetual difficulty with using acceptable judgment or ethics in office.
As South Carolina Republican Senator and Trump critic Lindsey Graham appeared as a guest, Berman alluded to a remark by Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld and actually asked the GOP Senator if Trump "has a screw loose."
When citing instances of “the worst in human behavior,” reasonable choices include the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and whatever ISIS did today. In a Sunday post, Washington Monthly blogger D. R. Tucker offered an absurdly unreasonable choice: the last ten Republican national conventions. Tucker did comment hopefully that “perhaps this year’s GOP convention will be so sick, so sordid, so sour that the general election will effectively be over by the end of July.”