When it comes to #NeverTrumpers, former conservative journalist Bill Kristol is in a class by himself. Kristol, who founded the now-defunct “Weekly Standard” and was a recurring member of the “all-star” panel on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” hit the skids shortly after the 2016 election. So profound was his loathing of the new president and all he stood for that in 2017 Kristol entered talks to create a ‘”Committee Not to Renominate the President.” “We need to take one shot at liberating the Republican Party from Trump, and conservatism from Trumpism,” he told the New York Times in an interview. In 2018, he announced he was considering challenging Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.
On Saturday, Kristol completed his descent into unabridged insanity, tweeting:
Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now. [Emphasis added]
Not presumably forever; not perhaps for a day after Nov. 3, 2020; not on every issue or in every way until then. But for the time being one has to say: We are all Democrats now.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) February 1, 2020
Be mindful that there’s a yawning chasm between declaring that you are no longer a Republican and claiming you are now a member of the party of Adam Schiff, the “Squad,” Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders.
Kristol didn’t elaborate on the reasons for his declaration, however temporary, though as Scott Morefield of the Daily Caller notes, he was likely reacting to the Senate’s 51-49 vote to reject new witnesses in the Trump impeachment trial.
The reaction to Kristol’s tweet was pretty much what you would expect. Comedian and Washington Times columnist Tim Young quipped:
This is like your most flamboyant friend who attended 200+ Britney Spears concerts before achieving his lifelong dream of becoming a backup dancer for her FINALLY coming out to you as gay…
Yeah, buddy… we ALL knew. https://t.co/TFaSZ6JyKV
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 1, 2020
Many took issue with Kristol’s use of we.
What do you mean "we", kemosabe? https://t.co/lpkEAgJMiw
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) February 1, 2020