Commentator George Will’s distaste for Donald Trump reportedly has him waving goodbye to the Republican party and sending a shocking message to GOP voters: Hillary Clinton is the better option.
“This is not my party,” Will said at a Federalist Society meeting in Washington, D.C., on Friday, according to PJ Media, a conservative news website.
Will — a Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor — went on to announce he changed his party affiliation to “unaffiliated” weeks ago when House Speaker Paul Ryan finally endorsed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Although the Pulitzer Prize winner wouldn’t say who he is voting for, he said his advice to Republicans is to make sure the brash New York billionaire stays far away from the Oval Office.
“Make sure he loses,” Will said of Trump. “Grit their teeth for four years, and win the White House.”
George Will, one of the most overrated political pundits (who lost his way long ago), has left the Republican Party.He's made many bad calls
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2016
Former New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen, who expects Trump will lose to Clinton in a landslide, said he understands Will’s decision.
“I haven’t got to a point where I’d quit the Republican Party,” Cullen told the Herald. “Trump is going to lose and some of us need to be around to pick up the pieces afterward.”
More Republican candidates will join Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk in voicing their opposition to Trump, Cullen predicted.
“Sooner or later almost every candidate who is going to be on the ballot this year is going to reach that conclusion, that they are going to separate themselves from Trump,” Cullen said, “that they can’t be half-pregnant concerning his candidacy.”
Will this week urged Republicans to keep their wallets closed to the Trump campaign, writing in The Washington Post: “They can save their party by not aiding its nominee.”
In April, Will set Trump in his sights when he wrote about the tendency in politics to either seek an ideal good or avoid the worst possible outcome.
“Both sensibilities have their uses, but this is a time for prudence, which demands the prevention of a Trump presidency,” Will wrote.
But former Alabama GOP Chairman Marty Connors said while Will’s intellectual aversion to the populist presidential nominee may make waves in the nation’s capital, it’s unlikely to sway many voters.
“Washington, D.C., and those who live upon it are part of the bubble,” Connors said. “They are not necessarily in touch with the rest of the country.”
Connors called Will’s proposal to write off the 2016 race and focus on 2020 “shortsighted” given the likelihood of numerous Supreme Court vacancies coming up in the next four years.
“I’m sure he’ll be applauded by those who are in the bubble,” Connors said. “But those of us in America will think differently.”
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