George Will says GOP has ‘become a cult’, suggests any Dem 2020 candidate would be better than Trump

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Screen capture … Stephanie Ruhle and George Will … Credit: MSNBC

Long-time conservative commentator George Will said on MSNBC Wednesday that the GOP has “become a cult,” when asked if Republicans have become the party of Trump.

The former Republican is on a book tour touting his new title “The Conservative Sensibility,” which was released Tuesday.

“It has become a cult because of an absence of ideas,” he said. “Because they have jettisoned the ideas for years, decades … all the 20th century almost … conservatives said we’re for free trade. Trump said, ‘By the way, you’re not anymore.’ And they said, ‘OK, we’re not for free trade anymore.’ Or they pretend to be.”

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle introduced Will in the segment saying, “George Will, who has been defining what it means to be a conservative since the 1970s writes about this identity struggle in his new book ‘The Conservative Sensibility.’ And George, is there a struggle?”

“What I’ve done with this book is try to say conservatism has an enormously long and distinguished pedigree of ideas,” Will offered. “It has a momentum into the future given by these ideas. And they did not go away and not been refuted by the 45th president.”

The rabid never-Trumper neo-con Will left the Republican Party in 2016 to become a Hillary Clinton voter.

He actually said on Wednesday that any of the 2020 Democratic candidates would be preferable to a Trump re-election when he was asked if there were any possible candidates out there better for conservatism.

“There is a sense in which all 23 Democrats would be better if there is a Republican Senate because the Republican Senate would virtually block legislative change,” Will said. “That is not all the change, but they would block it. And it would take the Republican Party away from its current identification with someone who is in-temperament and in most policies not conservative.”

Will is apparently not very enthusiastic about the chances of the donkey party in 2020. He said, “I’m staggered by the amount of time Democratic candidates for president are spending talking about things they know are not going to happen. Abolish the Electoral College they promise. No, the reason they want to abolish the Electoral College is it is very good for smaller states, 13 of which are all that is required to block the constitutional amendment.

“Kamala Harris says that we will eliminate private health insurance. She’s walked that back a bit, but who knows. No, they are not. It is a very odd way to begin a presidential campaign by saying that we will offend 20 million Americans who have other sources of private health insurance and rather like it.”

Ruhle asked what the right move would be for Democrats if the goal is to defeat Donald Trump … “shift to the middle or shift to the left?”

“Shift to the middle,” he said. “These are all the things that they have said that cause the American public to say, ‘these people are weird, they are not talking about things that I care about’ … Terrorists in prison should be allowed to vote. End private health insurance. Pack the Supreme Court, abolish the Electoral College, ‘Green New Deal,’ impeach the president, reparations for slavery. The country hears these individually and they say I’m not for that. Collectively they say these are very strange people.”

“If they think that the path to power is to emulate Trump from the left saying strange things,” continued Will, “I think they are mistaken, because people will go to the voting booth on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2020 and say, ‘do I stick with the doofus I’ve got or pick the doofus I don’t know. I mean, give people a decent choice. Look, what the Democrats did, an astonishing achievement in 2016, was help elect Donald Trump by giving the country an unpalatable choice. Why do it again?”

Video by MSNBC



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