Pulitzer Prize–winning conservative political commentator, George Frederick Will appeared with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC. George Will called Trump a ‘political sociopath’ back when Trump first threatened to run for office in the 2012 campaign cycle. Mr. Will’s contract with Fox News was ended when Trump won, most likely because he refused to change his conservative principles and support Trump. Now he is commenting on the politics of the Republicans who have embraced Trump.
Haven’t they also become political sociopaths by association?
Who will protect Americans from their protectors? https://t.co/2hLhhEguvJ
— George F. Will (@GeorgeWill) February 12, 2017
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, though he defended Mexican immigrants and John McCain when Trump first began his campaign for president, reversed his position, and now backs everything Trump via all of his media outlets. So much so, that Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out that Trump looks to any Murdoch-owned media to favor him with friendly questions at his press conferences.
“The story of Rupert Murdoch’s conversion to Trumpism is part of the story of conservative Republican’s conversion to Trumpism – Paul Ryan’s conversion to Trumpism – Mitch McConnell’s conversion to Trumpism,” remarked Lawrence O’Donnel.
George Will broke with the Republican party on the 2nd of June when Paul Ryan endorsed Trump. The very next morning, Mr. Will changed his political registration.
“[…] If Paul Ryan, the very best of the Republican party was going to help normalize Donald Trump, then I felt the party was going somewhere I did not want to go,” said George Will.
“[…] I’ve spent 40 years at the project that Bill Buckley really began in the mid-1950’s of making American conservatism intellectually coherent and politically palatable. That is incompatible with the Trump presidency,” Will said.
Lawrence O’Donnell asked if Mr. Will saw any signs explaining how the Republican party ended up with Trump in office. Will called Trump an exogenous factor “something that swooped in from God knows where.” Similarly, he referred to Stephen Bannon as a “Continental European right-winger: blood, soil, throne, Alter – all the rest. There really is no American pedigree for that kind of thought.” He calls Bannon’s philosphies a European import, ironically supported by Nationalist and protectionist Trump.
O’Donnell then asked how George Will would react at the time of Trump’s run for a second term of office, if it comes to that. Will states that Trump’s protectionist policies will affect his budget, which he will soon have to submit. Those policies will run completely counter to conservative convictions.
O’Donnell: “So would it be the 9 trillion-dollar increase in the national debt that is right there in the budget documents that they’ve already filed? Is that the thing we’re going to be hearing about the most?,” he asked Will.
Will: “Well that’ll get your attention, certainly. But again, when they realize all that you embrace when you embrace protectionism: enormous executive discretion, government planning, essentially what we can consume, and how the economy will work, and who shall be winners, and who shall be losers; When they realize the slippery slope they’re on, away from bedrock conservative principles, I think things will change by mid-summer.”
Can America patiently wait until mid-summer, as a political sociopath and his enablers lead our country?
‘Protecting’ the economy can end up killing it https://t.co/cA4e4yiaQX
— George F. Will (@GeorgeWill) January 26, 2017
See the interview between Lawrence O’Donnell and George Will below: