Conservative Columnist George Will Says He’s Leaving GOP Over Trump

Conservative commentator and columnist George Will says he is leaving the Republican Party because of Donald Trump — and he’s advocating that others do the same.

In a speech at a Federalist Society luncheon Friday, he told the audience, “This is not my party,” according to PJ Media, a conservative news website.

The Pulitzer Prize winner confirmed to PJM in an interview after his speech that he had left the party and was now “an unaffiliated voter in the state of Maryland” before switching the subject.

PJM reported that Will cited House Speaker Paul Ryan’s endorsement of Trump is one of the reasons why he decided to leave the party. Will didn’t say whether he’d vote for either Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton or a third-party candidate, such as Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Will, who worked on President Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign, also said at the luncheon that Trump as president with “no opposition” from a Republican-led Congress would be worse than Clinton as president with a Republican-led Congress.

When asked by PJ Media about his message to conservatives regarding Trump, Will responded, “Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House.”

CNN efforts to reach Will were not immediately successful Saturday.

Will has long been a harsh critic of Trump. Just earlier this month, he told Fox News that Trump is a “real amateur in politics.”

“He seems to confuse the enthusiasm of the crowds in front of him at the moment in the high school auditorium with the larger electorate,” he said. “Whereas, in fact, crowds are definitely not a representative selection of the American people.”

And this is not the first time the conservative has broken with Republican Party orthodoxy. In 2009, he wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post calling on the United States to get out of Afghanistan, which received criticism from his party.

Good luck George! Don’t let the door hit you and don’t come back.

3 thoughts on “Conservative Columnist George Will Says He’s Leaving GOP Over Trump

  • June 26, 2016 at 2:55 am

    The news shows will be calling on this jerk to spend 10 minutes trying to explain what he meant. This man has no clue as to what a Hillary White house would look like especially with Billy secretly at the helm telling her what to do and say along with kissing all the backsides of the open borders gang LaRaza and their followers. I applaud the UK for telling the EU to drop dead the people finally got tired of having their jobs taken by anybody that walks across the borders. Watch them close their borders to Muslims and I hope eventually get rid of a large number of them that would take a huge load off of the taxpayers. By saying that the crowds at a Trump rally do not represent the American people what a insult to the hard working taxpayers that are forced support this corrupt government while they ship U.S. jobs out of the country.

  • June 26, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Keep on fighting for us Mr. Trump!

  • June 28, 2016 at 6:09 am

    The only person who cares what George Will thinks these days is his $3 bow tie.

    For the last 20 years Will has been consistently wrong. His support for the Iraq war, globalist free trade and amnesty for illegal aliens have secured his pay at The Washington Post. The working class rejects his myopic world view.

    Farewell George!


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