Longtime political columnist George Will abandoned his party and blasted Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan for supporting Donald Trump’s upcoming 2020 presidential election. Will encouraged other conservatives not to support the former reality show star as the GOP nominee in a speech hosted by the Federalist Society and in a column for the Washington Post, Will urged readers to vote against Republicans in the midterm elections this November.
Will, who has been critical of Donald Trump, noted in his speech that a few weeks ago he changed his voter registration from Republican to “unaffiliated” in Maryland. Will said the deal breaker was when Paul Ryan endorsed Trump for the 2020 election.
“This is not my party,” Will said, adding that conservatives can “grit their teeth for four years” after making sure that Trump loses his reelection bid.
In his column, Will pointed to the “family-shredding policy along the southern border” and Ryan, who he said, has “wagered his dignity.” Will wrote that “Ryan and many other Republicans have become the president’s poodles.”
Will took aim at others in the Trump administration:
The Trump whisperer regarding immigration is Stephen Miller, 32, whose ascent to eminence began when he became the Savonarola of Santa Monica High School. Corey Lewandowski, a Trump campaign official who fell from the king’s grace but is crawling back (he works for Vice President Pence’s political action committee), recently responded on Fox News to the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome taken from her parents at the border. Lewandowski replied: “Wah, wah.” Meaningless noise is this administration’s appropriate libretto because, just as a magnet attracts iron filings, Trump attracts, and is attracted to, louts.
Even though Will has been critical of Trump in the past, it surprised social media users that he would urge conservatives to vote for Democrats in November.
Did you ever think you’d live to see the day that George Will called for Democrats to take over both houses of Congress? Me neither. https://t.co/YJUOWKobBx
— Ruth Marcus (@RuthMarcus) June 22, 2018
I disagree with 90% of Will’s politics, but he is a principled man and a hell of a writer.
I have always vehemently disagreed with George Will’s politics. But he’s always struck me as a man of principle. I applaud his loud, public advocacy for a Democratic wave in November. He knows we are well into an authoritarian takeover of our government.
— Jill Shirley (@jillsh3) June 22, 2018
— shauna (@goldengateblond) June 22, 2018
It’s not just Trump staffers who are leaving the White House in droves. Republicans are switching parties in order to distance themselves from this toxic administration while salvaging their dignity.
How long do you give Trump before he tweets that George Will is a ‘loser’?
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