Donald Trump is now driving longtime Republican elites and conservative pundits away from the Grand Old Party.
Prominent conservative George Will has announced that he has officially left the Republican Party because of Donald Trump being the presumptive presidential nominee.
A longtime critic of Trump, George Will said that he no longer recognizes the Republican Party which he says has changed since the rise of businessman Donald Trump as its presumptive nominee.
Will made the announcement that he has jumped ship from the Trump-infested Republican Party during a Federalist Society luncheon on Friday. According to MSN News, he said that he is no longer registered to vote as a Republican,
“This is not my party”
George Will is clearly determined to keep Donald Trump from the White House, even if it means leaving the Republican Party that he has been a supporter of for 40 years.
— GodGuns&Trump (@PatriotByGod) June 26, 2016
In pure protest of Donald Trump, Will also suggested that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the fall. In an interview given to PJ Media after his speech denouncing Trump and the GOP, the political pundit also said that all Republicans should “grit their teeth” and do the same by voting for Clinton.
Will sent a message to all Republican voters, advocating that they vote against Donald Trump (for Hillary Clinton): “Make sure he [Trump] loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House.”
George Will, a Fox News commentator, apparently made this surprising announcement because he believes that Donald Trump and a compliant Republican congress would make a worse government than Hillary Clinton and an opposing Republican congress, according to PJ Media,
“a ‘President Trump’ with ‘no opposition’ from a Republican-led Congress would be worse than a Hillary Clinton presidency with a Republican-led Congress.”
George Will is saying that he would rather have a deadlocked government with Hillary Clinton as president than any Donald Trump-led government.
In a sign of his protest against Trump, George Will explained to PJ Media that a deadlock in a government (such as one led by Hillary Clinton) is “a good thing ‘nine times out of 10.'” He said, “Gridlock is not an American problem. It’s an American achievement.”
As a Trump critic, George Will has already said that Donald Trump’s nomination will be the “end” of the Republican Party, as reported by The Hill.
“One hundred and four years of history is in the balance. If Trump is the Republican nominee in 2016, there might not be a conservative party in 2020 either.”
— The Hill (@thehill) June 26, 2016
George Will also condemned Donald Trump as a “fundamentally sad figure,” blasting him as having “every disagreeable human trait,” according to The Hill.
“[Donald Trump’s] compulsive boasting is evidence of insecurity. His unassuageable neediness suggests an aching hunger for others’ approval to ratify his self-admiration […] His incessant announcements of his self-esteem indicate that he is not self-persuaded.”
George Will’s attack on Donald Trump, here, seems to be on the business magnate’s psyche. Will claims that Trump’s “compulsive” boasting is just a product of his internal “insecurity.”
Donald Trump has not been deaf to the conservative pundit’s attacks, and has fired back at him, according to the New York Times.
Trump mocked George Will during a rally in November, saying “You know he looks smart because he wears those little glasses. If you take those glasses away from him, he’s a dummy.”
George Will, however, shot back with an anti-Trump column for the Washington Post in April, titled, “If Trump is nominated, the GOP must keep him out of the White House.”
Protesting Donald Trump, George Will wrote a strong message to all Republicans “to purge him [Trump] and his manner from public life” in the upcoming election.
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