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Libertarian Vp Candidate: Trump Is A Threat To America

| by Robert Fowler

The Libertarian vice presidential nominee, Bill Weld of Massachusetts, has issued a statement urging undecided voters to not cast their ballot for GOP nominee Donald Trump.

On Oct. 25, Weld released a statement on his and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson’s official campaign website.

The former Republican governor directed his message towards “those in the electorate who remain torn between two so-called major party candidates whom they cannot enthusiastically support," urging them not to vote for Trump, describing the business mogul as a threat to the United States.

“A serious candidate for the Presidency of the United States must be stable, and Donald Trump is not stable,” he said, blasting the business mogul as unqualified for the presidency.

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“Most families would not allow their children to remain at the dinner table if they behaved as Mr. Trump does,” Weld said. “He has not exhibited the self-control, the discipline, or the emotional depth necessary to function credibly as a President of the United States.”

Weld proceeded to accuse Trump of dividing the country, pitting Americans of different ethnic backgrounds against each other.

“The goal of the Trump campaign, from the outset, has been to stir up envy, resentment, and group hatred,” he said.

The former governor also blasted Trump for refusing to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election, calling the business mogul’s decision a threat to democracy.

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“I fear for our cohesion as a nation, and for our place in the world, if this man who is unwilling to say he will abide by the result of our national election becomes our President,” he said. "... Donald Trump should not, cannot, and must not be elected President of the United States.”

A notable omission from Weld’s statement is that he did not urge these undecided voters to vote for the Libertarian ticket. Currently, Johnson is polling at an average 5.6 percent support nationwide, according to RealClearPolitics.

While Weld also did not mention Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, there has been speculation that his repeated attacks against Trump have been a covert endorsement for the former Secretary of State. On Sept. 30, the former governor told MSNBC “I’m not sure anybody’s more qualified than Hillary Clinton.”

On Oct. 5, Weld took to his Facebook page to dispel suspicion that he was surrendering the Libertarian vote to a major party nominee.

“Let there be no doubt,” Weld wrote. “I am the Libertarian nominee for Vice-President, proudly running with Gov. Gary Johnson, and both Gary and I will be running hard and making our case right up until the polls close on November 8.”

Weld has been vehemently critical of Trump throughout the 2016 presidential election and has previously expressed deep concern that the business mogul could win the presidency despite his sagging poll numbers.

On Oct. 13, Weld told ABC News “You can’t discount the possibility that there are a lot of people out there that don’t want to tell pollsters that they are voting for Donald J. Trump.”

The former governor’s latest statement signals that he hopes these undecided voters choose to reject Trump, regardless of who they vote for alternatively.

Sources: ABC News, Bill Weld/FacebookJohnson-Weld 2016, MSNBCRealClearPolitics / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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