Historical conservative George Will calls for a Republican defeat

In an effort to illustrate that it is not just Democrats and Independents who want Trump defeated, I have highlighted various Republican groups who have organized with a purpose to advocate for his defeat. The latest group is Republican Voters against Trump.

Yesterday, a famous conservative voice, George Will, has gone beyond just calling for Trump’s defeat. In an article called “One of America’s most prominent conservative columnists wants Republicans to lose in 2020,” by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large, Will’s comments are very indicting, as well as colorful. Here are two select comments written by Will:

“In life’s unforgiving arithmetic, we are the sum of our choices. Congressional Republicans have made theirs for more than 1,200 days. We cannot know all the measures necessary to restore the nation’s domestic health and international standing, but we know the first step: Senate Republicans must be routed, as condign punishment for their Vichyite collaboration, leaving the Republican remnant to wonder: Was it sensible to sacrifice dignity, such as it ever was, and to shed principles, if convictions so easily jettisoned could be dignified as principles, for … what? Praying people should pray, and all others should hope: May I never crave anything as much as these people crave membership in the world’s most risible deliberative body.”

“The measures necessary for restoration of national equilibrium are many and will be protracted far beyond his (Trump’s) removal. One such measure must be the removal of those in Congress who, unlike the sycophantic mediocrities who cosset him in the White House, will not disappear “magically,” as Eric Trump said the coronavirus would. Voters must dispatch his congressional enablers, especially the senators who still gambol around his (Trump’s) ankles with a canine hunger for petting.”

I feel these comments are powerful indictments of Republican legislators. I fully agree with Will’s sentiments. These legislators have rationalized the worst of behaviors by the president. And, other conservative voices like David Brooks, Michael Gerson, Eric Erickson, etc. have been equally vocal about Trump’s needed demise. If you want to read more, click on the link below for the full article.


13 thoughts on “Historical conservative George Will calls for a Republican defeat

  1. Just yesterday, I read Will’s OpEd in The Washington Post and am considering using it for a post. That a conservative looks at it from this viewpoint speaks volumes, but … where are the rest? Why is McConnell, Gaetz, and so many others still hanging on to Trump’s coattails??? After the last 48 hours, I truly feel sickened to think that anybody in their right mind can support him, but just 10 minutes ago I saw a tweet by some woman praising him and claiming to be certain he will win in November. Tired and extremely angry, I replied, “Over my dead body, bitch”. What do you want to bet that by morning I’m banned from Twitter again? What we are seeing today is not sustainable. And a thought came to me this evening … is it possible that if he sees the polls leaning heavily toward Biden by mid-October, he will declare martial law and keep people from the voting booth? Yeah, I know, I have an over-active imagination, but … seems like there are no rules where he’s concerned … we’ve seen some lows that I never thought possible.

    • Jill, I saw a piece that said bipartisan condemnation of Trump gassing folks for a photo op. I read on and was disappointed that it included only two GOP Senators – Ben Sasse and James Lankford. Two. The man gassed civil protestors including clergy for a photo shoot with a bible in front of church. Two GOP Senators.

      As I have said many times to GOP Senators and their staffs, what will it take for you to condemn Trump’s corrupt and deceitful behavior? And, what scares the crap out of them, is what will you have to defend next week, the week after and the month after? Trump typically acts rashly, but in times of crises, his warts are fully exposed. Keith

      • Yes, I am very disappointed in the response from the republicans in Congress, but … it seems that pushback against his tyrannical moves may be growing within the GOP. Slowly, but surely? I nearly fell over today when I read that Defense Secretary Mark Esper stood up to Trump’s rhetoric about sending the military into the cities. And, I was pleased that the bigoted Steve King lost his primary in Idaho. There are signs of awakening within the GOP … not enough, for sure, but still, a start. My hope for the rest of the GOP senators like McConnell et all is that they go down in flames in November, as We the People are awakening and realizing that they do NOT have our best interests at heart.

      • Jill, The Charlotte Observer editorial today laid into Senator Thom Tillis for his acquiesence to Trump. The GOP Senators must answer more questions about their sycophancy to be pushed over the edge. Will’s editorial will help. Keith

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever agreed with Will in my entire life, except maybe when he was talking about baseball. & my response would have to say, you’re part of the reason we’re at this point right now. But thanks for coming to your senses, however late.

    • Agreed on all points. We needed Will to speak up several years ago, when the Republicans, aided and abetted by Fox News and other sources, decided facts where less important than narrative (both parties stretch the truth, but it is heavily tilted to the GOP side). While Will did leave the GOP after Trump won, Michael Gerson was the first conservative columnist, back in 2015, to cite the danger that is Trump.

      I made comment to Jill about what I shared with GOP Senators and staff, but what I also shared is Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy, our planet and the Republican Party. Truth be told, he has already put a knife in the last one.

      Thanks for your comments. Keith

  3. Note to Readers: I often think of the words Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen said under oath to Congress. “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.” And, these words did not register. Trump sycophants said Cohen had lied under oath before, so Cohen’s remarks could be disregarded. The fact that many GOP members of the House who sat in that room knew the words to be true was irrelevant.

  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    These are Republicans I could respect … “I feel these comments are powerful indictments of Republican legislators. I fully agree with Will’s sentiments.” … I fully agree too!!

      • You’re most welcome!! 🙏🏽 … yes, indeed! I knew there had to be some ‘real’ Republicans that felt like we do … sane ones!

      • Thanks again. I religiously watch PBS Newshour to see the Friday recap with David Brooks and Mark Shields. To see Brooks physically bothered by this president with what he calls a White House of “equal parts chaos and incompetence” and then hear him say the president “has no decency or empathy” and it is powerful. I just wish Republican voters could see and hear him.

  5. Note to Readers II: If you have not seen the latest commercial by The Lincoln Project (a group of Republicans), it is quite compelling. A deep voice draws you into a review of what the rebel flag stands for to a question of why are these flags showing up at Trump rallies? It includes the heinous remarks about Charlottesville by Trump where references white supremscists as good people. It leaves you with your jaw on the floor it is so evocative.

  6. Note to Readers III: Tonight General James Mattis and former Secretary of Defense under Trump said the following about his former boss:

    “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” Mattis said in a statement.


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