Every now and then, a Republican decides that Donald Trump isn’t suitable for President of the United States. That’s when they decide that they’re going to challenge the GOP in order to get the vote instead of giving it to the incumbent. The incumbent almost always wins the nomination from the committee, so it’s ridiculous to even try to go against it. It’s even more ridiculous when it’s a person no one has ever heard of.
Bill Weld is a former Massachusetts Governor who has decided to make a name for himself by announcing that President Donald Trump should receive the death penalty for his acts of treason with Ukraine.
Say what, now?
Bill Weld may want to stop talking to the press until he familiarizes himself with exactly what treason means. He’s saying that Trump committed treason by pressuring the Ukrainian President to investigate the former VP of the US, Joe Biden. Treason, however, requires betraying one’s own country or murdering someone to whom a murderer owed allegiance.
At no point did Donald Trump betray the United States. If anything, he’s looking to investigate what’s going on and how former VP Joe Biden may have committed treason.
Bill Weld doesn’t know all of the facts. Trump has not released the full transcript of the call with Ukraine. Congress doesn’t know the details of the call. Therefore, a former Governor cannot possibly know what could and couldn’t have happened because he’s out of the loop. He’s jumping the gun in order to make America quickly turn towards him as the Savior who will save the country from such a treasonous bastard.
Additionally, Weld wants to call for the death penalty because “that’s the only penalty.”
Weld told Morning Joe, a show on MSNBC, that “it’s treason pure and simple.” He also cites that the only penalty under the US Code is death. That’s not true, either. For someone who is so quick to go after the GOP nomination, he really should have a fact-checker looking into things before he opens his mouth to the public.
Even if Trump was found guilty of the Class A felony, the death sentence is only one of the possible penalties. There’s an “or” that Weld doesn’t want to discuss. It’s “shall suffer death” OR be imprisoned for no less than five years and fined no less than $10,000.
Weld is upset because there are a number of state Republican parties who have chosen to cancel their primaries. By doing so, they automatically give the edge to the sitting president. Weld isn’t the only one to be upset by this. Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford are other Republicans who are challenging the GOP nomination. If they can’t get onto a primary ballot for a particular state, they can’t get the nomination.
Weld seems to be accusing the wrong people, which means that he needs to stop and think before calling for the sitting President of the United States to be executed. He says that canceling primaries undermines democratic elections, which is unfair of Trump to do. However, Trump isn’t responsible for canceling the primaries—the state Republican parties are responsible for that. Further, if Trump withheld military funds prior to having a conversation with Ukraine about investigating Hunter Biden, it’s not a form of treason. If anything, he would be betraying Ukraine, not the United States. However, Trump isn’t a government leader of Ukraine, therefore no acts of treason have been committed.
Weld is the only one of the GOP challengers who want to go right for the death penalty. Walsh and Sanford were relatively silent. It’s hard to sit there and say that you want the US President executed for actions that he may or may not have committed. If there was such an issue, Congress would have him impeached and removed from office immediately. However, they’re lacking something major as of right now—proof.
If Bill Weld wants to get the presidential nominee from the GOP, he may want to do something other than pointing fingers and calling for the death penalty on Trump. Simply removing the president from office isn’t going to get Weld the presidential nomination. If he really wants the seat so bad, he should focus on other things, like what his platform is going to be. He hasn’t announced any of that. Instead, he’s going right for the jugular on a sitting president without any kind of proof of wrongdoing. By doing so, Weld is setting a precedent that could end up hurting him should he ever be privileged to get the seat of the president, too.