Isn’t it amazing that the more grassroots Republican voters get excited about a candidate, the more the GOP establishment starts to break out in convulsions and cold sweats. In their zeal to maintain the status quo and have GOP voters elect another establishment snoozer, pundits who claim to support the Republican Party and its conservative ideals are showing that all they really care about is their Washington, DC lifestyle.
We have seen one conservative pundit Erick Erickson disinvite Donald Trump to a forum of candidates. We have read how Jonah Goldberg is aghast that anyone would support Trump. And we have seen how even some Fox News commentators have revealed that they simply favor a “put you to sleep, won’t stand up to the media, moderate” instead of the candidate who is actually motivating the grassroots and getting people to pay attention.
The latest meltdown is probably the best, and it’s also the most hypocritical. Fox News contributor and conservative wise man Bill Kristol stated that if Donald Trump is the eventual GOP presidential nominee, then Kristol will support a third-party candidate.
As reported by CNN Money, Kristol said he would “likely look beyond both of the major parties if Trump … emerged with the party’s nomination.”
“I doubt I’d support Donald. I doubt I’d support the Democrat,” Kristol told CNNMoney in an email. “I think I’d support getting someone good on the ballot as a third party candidate.”
Ok… hmmmm… now wait a second. Wasn’t it the GOP establishment who was freaking out that Trump might run as a third-party candidate? Weren’t people like Kristol demanding that Trump sign a “loyalty pledge” to support the eventual GOP nominee?
Problem: Party seems like a closed group of insiders resistant to new faces and ideas.
Solution: A loyalty pledge. https://t.co/GC7u1pcMkK
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 2, 2015
So… where’s the loyalty? Kristol and others demand that Trump be loyal to the party, but it’s Kristol who is showing disloyalty. Where’s Kristol’s “loyalty pledge”?
On his radio show, Sean Hannity referred to Kristol as the first member of the “I’m taking my toys and going home if Donald Trump wins” crowd.
Here’s an excerpt:
Hannity: “We have the first “I’m taking my toys and going home if Donald Trump wins,” and that’s Bill Kristol! This was on Breitbart today. So Donald Trump now, has taken the pledge not to go third party, which everybody was worried about — considering he keeps dominating in the polls. And Reince Priebus, maybe he needs to now make sure that the Republican establishment takes the same pledge! Because you’ve got major establishment Republicans, on the eve of this big debate tomorrow night, coming out against Donald Trump. You’ve got the Club for Growth, and I generally like them. They’ve announced a one million dollar anti-Trump campaign ad that we’ll get to in a few minutes, and then we’ve got Bill Kristol out there saying that he doubts that he would support — he said one of the biggest, you know, the Weekly Standard editor, Bill Kristol! Doubts he would support a Democrat in the general election, but would quote, ‘support getting someone good on the ballot as a third party candidate.’ That sounds to me like an establishment guy, no offense, Bill.”
Go ahead, Sean… offend him. Offend all of these people like Kristol and McConnell and Boehner who have done NOTHING to advance the conservative agenda. Now, we have pundits who are telling the grassroots to vote for anyone but Trump. How do you think that’s going to go over with the base voters of the GOP?
Get a clue, Bill. People like Trump for a reason. Maybe if other candidates actually stood up against the media and ridiculous illegal immigration pandering and rolling over every time Obama and the Democrats do something, then maybe other candidates would catch on. The grassroots of the GOP is speaking right now. Is anyone listening?