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All About David French: Potential Anti-Trump Third-Party Candidate

David French seems to be conservative America’s knight in shining armor. The war veteran, constitutional lawyer, and National Review blogger will potentially run against GOP nominee Donald Trump for the conservative vote in the general election.

French is quite unknown (at least compared to his presumptive billionaire opponent Trump) to the general public; he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page.

However, it can be garnered from French’s bio on National Review that as a graduate of Harvard’s Law School, author of a New York Times No. 1 bestseller on “defeating ISIS,” and a war veteran with a Bronze Star, he is of a much more political background than businessman Donald Trump.

Wikipedia-less David French first came to media attention on Sunday when the Weekly Standard’s editor, conservative Anti-Trump activist Bill Kristol, tweeted that he knows of an “impressive” independent candidate “with a strong team and a real chance” to defeat Donald Trump.

Then, late Monday night, Bloomberg reported that it had received inside information that it was David French whom Kristol was considering for the role of an impressive independent candidate.

Kristol argued in favor of a potential third-party candidate’s obscurity in his latest piece on the Weekly Standard, saying that “the fact of Trump’s and Clinton’s unfitness for the Oval Office has become so self-evident that it’s no longer clear one needs a famous figure to provide an alternative.”

Many media outlets have ridiculed David French’s obscurity, saying he has no chance of becoming president against his media-savvy opponent Donald Trump, from the Vox article calling French a “random dude off the street” to the Daily Beast piece labeling him “a Nobody Named David French.”

However, despite media speculation and Bloomberg’s inside information, both David French and Bill Kristol have remained silent on French’s potential run against Trump for the conservative vote.

French’s wife did tell MSNBC that her husband and herself are still weighing the issue.

David French himself sent out a cryptic tweet that hints he might indeed be running as the third-party underdog.

The teasing tone of this tweet has worked, because now many are clamoring for David French to run as can be seen from a string of tweets by Huffington Post’s Politics Managing Editor, Amanda Terkel.

Amid all the media and public speculation of whether he is going to run or not, French is also getting attention from conservative elites. Mitt Romney has already expressed his interest on Twitter.

David French, with his Romney-Kristol backing, seems to be at the forefront of the “Never Trump” movement. If there was one thing that is clear from French’s writings, he is one of Donald Trump’s harshest critics.

He emphatically stated his “Never Trump” political stance in a recent piece for National Review, even calling his potential opponent Donald Trump “the instrument of national crisis.”

“[W]hen I look at Trump, I see a catastrophe in the making. And for that reason – among many others — I cannot in good conscience vote for the instrument of national crisis. I remain Never Trump.”

The potential third-party candidate and his anti-Trump politics may be obscure now, but with the buzz created by the news of his running against Trump… Who knows? We’ll just have to wait to find out.

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