Vermont’s primary election is scheduled to happen next month, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is widely expected to win among Democratic voters.
However, they won’t be the only ones going to the polls, as Republicans will be casting ballots too. While President Trump is all but assured of victory, he isn’t the candidate that the Green Mountain State’s Republican governor is planning to back.
Stabbed in the back
On Saturday, Gov. Phil Scott announced that he would be supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld in his anti-Trump primary challenge.
“I’ve met with [Weld] before,” Scott was quoted by a local news affiliate as saying. “I think a lot of him and his platform so I would be supporting him.”
Both Scott and Weld stand firmly in the ranks of never-Trumpers, a group of Republicans and Conservatives staunchly united in their attempts to take down Trump no matter what the cost — even if it means electing a socialist candidate.
Weld’s campaign has thus far been met with very little success, claiming a mere 9 percent of the total Republican vote in neighboring New Hampshire. He achieved very little in the Iowa caucuses as well, finishing with just a single delegate.
Weld kicked-off his campaign last April by declaring that “it is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity and opportunity for all.”
“There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great,” he continued. “I am ready to lead that fight.”
The former governor differs from Trump in a number of policy areas, with one being immigration. On his campaign website, Weld accuses the president of preferring “a nation with no immigrants.”
“When I am President, I will streamline our system so that more people can quickly and easily enter our country and begin contributing to our communities and economy,” he pledges. “I will greatly expand the work visa program, stop mass deportations, and simplify the immigration adjudication process.”
Up until recently, Weld wasn’t alone in trying to take President Trump’s job. Former congressman and radio host Joe Walsh was another contender before bowing out of the race.
On February 7, Walsh tweeted that he would be “suspending my campaign, but our fight against the Cult of Trump is just getting started. I’m committed to doing everything I can to defeat Trump and his enablers this November. I can’t do it alone.”