Original article published on Newsbusters by Ryan Foley available here
On Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Show, correspondent Roy Wood Jr. interviewed Donald Trump’s primary challenger, Bill Weld, and convened “a focus group of Trump voters to see if there really are Republicans thirsty for something new.” While the panel definitely had some misgivings about the President, all of them indicated that they would support him again in 2020; much to Wood’s horror.
The segment began with Wood sitting down with Weld and running through some of his policy positions; concluding that “you’re a Democrat, man.” Weld predicted that “a lot of people in this country who are going to vote in the Republican primary” are “thirsty for something new.” Wood put together the focus group to test that theory.
After the members of the focus group explained their reasons for voting President Trump in 2016, Wood asked the panel “how many of you are concerned by his hesitancy to condemn white supremacy or anything that is racist?” A majority of the voters raised their hands. A majority of the panel also answered in the affirmative when Wood asked if they were “concerned about the fact that he tweets too much.”
Obviously trying to create a narrative of Trump voters regretting their decisions to support him in 2016, Wood asked for a “show of hands if you feel agitated with the way things have gone over the last two, three years.” One member of the focus group said “embarrassed” would better describe how he felt about the Trump presidency and a majority of his fellow panelists agreed.
Since the focus group seemed rather lukewarm towards President Trump, Wood asked them “what if I told you there was an option other than Trump that is Republican?” At first, they seemed intrigued by the idea of a Republican challenger to Trump but their enthusiasm immediately waned when Wood unveiled Weld as “Trump zero.”
In spite of the panel’s lack of enthusiasm for the former Massachusetts Governor, Wood still tried to convince them that “Weld’s policies were the flavor they’re looking for,” marketing him as “fiscally conservative, never been bankrupt, doesn’t tweet at 3:00 in the morning…hands-off approach to markets…and a hands-off approach to grabbing women’s genitals.” In spite of Wood’s best efforts to promote Weld, no one agreed to take him up on his offer to “stand up if you would consider voting for Bill Weld.”
As the focus group came to a close, Wood asked the panel “how many of you are still open to voting for Trump again in 2020?” They all raised their hands. An outraged Wood exclaimed, “But Charlottesville! You just said you’re not sure if he knows Nazis is bad.”
Wood returned to his interview with Weld, who admitted that he probably has no chance at winning but would merely weaken him so he would lose in the general election. An excited Wood asked “so even if you don’t win, you and the other Republicans running against Trump could be enough to sink him?” Wood closed by describing Weld as “a man who is prepared to lose for the good of us all.”
A transcript of the relevant portion of Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah is below. Click “expand” to read more.