Trump’s strategy is to turn Americans into ‘nationalists who hate everybody else,’ Weld says | 4/21/2019 | John Hilliard
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Former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld, who is challenging President Trump as a Republican candidate in 2020, blasted the president for his attacks on democratic institutions and for stoking nationalist rhetoric as Trump seeks money for a wall along the Mexican border.

“It’s part of his strategy to try to get everybody upset, and divide the country and persuade us that we shouldn’t be patriots who love our own country and our own people,” Weld said.

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Instead, “we should be nationalists who hate everybody else,” Weld said.

Weld made the remarks during an appearance on WCVB-TV’s “On The Record” with hosts Janet Wu and Maria Stephanos, which aired Sunday morning.

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Trump wants to make the US a “more autocratic” nation without the need of the First Amendment or a free press, while supporting despots and attacking other democracies, Weld said.

“He’s doing what you’d expect [Russian President] Vladimir Putin to do, and I think he sees himself — everyone knows that he’s a narcissist — I think he sees himself as the man on horseback,” Weld said. “And he really doesn’t want to have primaries, and he really doesn’t want to have an election.”

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But Weld, who served as governor from 1991 to 1997 and ran as a Libertarian presidential candidate in 2016, faces tall odds against Trump in a Republican primary election.

The president enjoys soaring poll numbers among Republicans -- according to one Gallup poll from earlier this month, 89 percent of Republicans approved of the job Trump is doing as president.

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