Donald Trump facing the gang of Republican dissidents

They are three and have a common enemy. Presidential candidates of 2020, their chances of beating the outgoing during primaries are almost zero. But they hope their critics will carry.

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Mark Sanford, Republican nominee for the presidential election, in Columbia, South Carolina, on September 16, 2019, next to an effigy of Donald Trump. Sean Rayford / Getty Images / AFP

Donald Trump has already found a mocking nickname: the "Three Stooges", a reference to a trio of vaudeville American actors in vogue in the middle of the XXe century. This is to say all the respect he gives them. The three men so scorned, Mark Sanford, Joe Walsh and Bill Weld, however, have nothing of three comics: they are respectively former elected of South Carolina and Illinois and former governor of Massachusetts.

And, if the kamikaze dimension of their mission has not escaped anyone, they take it very seriously. One after the other, in recent weeks, they have begun to confront the US president, already campaigning for a second term, in the race for the Republican nomination for the 2020 election. "The situation has become unbearable, justified Bill Weld. I told myself that I had to do something to make sure he was not re-elected. " United in adversity, the three challengers explained their risky gamble in a tribune vitriol, published September 13 in the Washington Post.

Opposed to his cleavage rhetoric

Determined to redefine the nature and values ​​of a Republican Party now embodied by Donald Trump, they believe that their movement "Took a bad turn, led by a self-centered maniac who abandoned the founding principles of the Grand Old Party (GOP)". They reproach him for his attacks on the truth, on the press, his cleaving rhetoric, his sympathies for "Terrorists and dictators" and, above all, its fiscal policy far removed from republican convictions. With a deficit equivalent to $ 1 trillion, the United States has pleaded in chorus, diverted from the rigor they defend.

Renowned for their fiscal conservatism and their lack of taste for a strong state, the three candidates nevertheless show differences. Bill Weld, 74, who joined the Libertarian Party in 2016 before returning to the fold at the beginning of the year, appears more moderate than the average Republican on social issues, such as abortion or cannabis use. He even called to vote Hillary Clinton in 2016.


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