Once More, Media Twists Weld’s Words
By: Elias J. Atienza
Libertarian VP nominee Bill Weld has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons once again. Several articles have had the headlines, such as Talking Point Memo, that Bill Weld told voters to vote for Clinton.
Weld delivered a statement at a press conference in Boston where he said that the Libertarian Party has made “great strides” in becoming part of the “national political dialogue.”
“We are making strides toward breaking the two-party monopoly, and America will be stronger when we do, but given the position of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the deck is still stacked against even a credible third-party ticket with two proven former Governors,” Weld said in the statement.
His remarks focused on Trump and how he was unfit for office. He tore into Trump’s statements on illegal immigrants, rhetoric on minorities and trade, childish behavior, and other faults he had found. He then finished with this.
“In the final days of this very close race, every citizen must be aware of the power and responsibility of each individual vote. This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining. Donald Trump should not, cannot, and must not be elected President of the United States.”
Nowhere did he admit defeat. Nowhere did he say vote for Clinton. He is calling on every voter to not vote for Donald Trump. Weld is calling for voters to choose the Libertarian Party over Trump so that they can present a credible option against Clinton.
Weld himself has gone to great lengths in dissuading voters from voting for Clinton. Two weeks ago he sat down with TLR to talk about the recent Wikileaks emails and how they proved Clinton was not telling the truth.
He told TLR:
“I thought there were two statements in the Goldman and Sachs speech that are worthy of attention. The first was her assurance to the Wall Street bankers that she has a public opinion, which they knew about, and a private opinion, that’s telling me that she doesn’t really hold that position. She’s saying ‘I will do anything, as long as you pay me enough money, but I have to hold a different position with the public.’ She’s not telling the truth.
The second thing that’s alarming is that she said the people who know best what regulations are appropriate for national services, are the people who work in the industry, ‘people like yourselves, so that’s what I’m going to be looking at for guidance as I decide regulations.’ Again, translation: ‘I will do anything, as long as you keep the bank roll going.”
Weld has not conceded. Don’t let the media tell you otherwise. Weld is also holding a rally in Anchorage, Alaska on October 27th.