Conservative icon George Will announced that he was leaving the Republican Party earlier this week, and listed Paul Ryan and Donald Trump as his major reasons for doing so. On Sunday, Will appeared on Fox News SUNDAY with Chris Wallace where he reiterated his position before adding that he was leaving the Party for the same reason he joined it back in 1964… because he is a conservative. Will went on to argue that Trump does not espouse conservative positions, which is why he’ll not be voting for him come November.
Needless to say, Mr. Trump was NOT happy with Will.
Transcript from RCP:
George Will: I left it for the same reason I joined it in 1964 when I voted for Barry Goldwater. Because I was a conservative. I leave for the same reason, I’m a conservative. To give you a time line, shortly after Trump became the presumptive nominee, he had a summit meeting with Paul Ryan where they stressed their common principles and their vast shared ground, which is much more important than their differences.
I thought that was puzzling doubly so because Paul Ryan still didn’t endorse him. After Trump went after the Mexican judge from northern Indiana, then Paul Ryan endorsed him. I decided that, in fact, this is not my party anymore. I changed my registration to unaffiliated 23 days ago. I hardly made an announcement. I just mentioned this in a meeting with the Federalist Society. The long and the short of it is, as Ronald Reagan said when he changed his registration, I did not leave the Democratic party, the Democratic Party left me.
Chris Wallace: Now, not surprisingly, Donald Trump has tweeted his reaction to this news. Let’s put it up on the screen. He says you are “overrated” and that you lost your way a long time ago. Would you like to respond?
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
George Will: He has an advantage on me because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I can’t.
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