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George Will Urges Votes Against Republicans, Trump in Column, Speech

George Will Urges Votes Against Republicans, Trump in Column, Speech
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By    |   Saturday, 23 June 2018 03:16 PM

Conservative columnist George Will, who has switched his voter registration from Republican to "unaffiliated" in the state of Maryland, is urging voters to reject Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections in the wake of President Trump's much-criticized border policy that separated children from their parents, saying congressional Republicans only want to "placate the president."

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other members, he wrote in a column for The Washington Post, have become the "president's poodles," with "no higher ambition than to placate the president."

Will also took members of the party to task for waiting for Trump "to undo by unilateral decree the border folly they could have prevented by actually legislating," and that makes them an "advertisement for the unimportance of Republican control."

Trump signed an executive order to stop the separations and detain families together indefinitely, which could also be challenged in court through a 2015 order that limits how long children can be kept in custody.

Republicans were not able to come up with an immigration bill that can pass both the House and Senate, and Trump on Friday tweeted a call for the issue to delayed until after this fall's elections.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November," the president tweeted. "Dems are just playing games."

Will also isn't endorsing Democrats, saying that if the party takes over Congress, it would become a "basket of deplorables." However, he wrote, in today's GOP, which is the president's plaything, he is the mainstream. To vote against his party's cowering congressional caucuses is to affirm the nation's honor while quarantining him."

In addition to his column, Will, in a speech at a Federalist Society luncheon Friday, urged fellow conservatives to reject Trump as the Republican nominee in 2020, reports Fortune.

"This is not my party," Will told people attending the luncheon. He noted that it's too late to find someone to replace Trump on the ticket, but conservatives can still "grit their teeth for four years" after Trump loses his re-election bid.

Will also has told The Washington Post that he'd switched his voter registration several weeks ago after Ryan endorsed Trump for a 2020 re-election bid, notes Fortune.

Will has not said who he will support in the 2020 presidential election.

Meanwhile, Fox News host Laura Ingraham Friday slammed Will for his Washington Post opinion piece, calling him "sad and petty," reports The Hill.

She made her comments in a tweet responding to Will's commentary.

Ingraham has slammed Will in the past for criticizing the Trump administration, accusing him earlier this year of taking a "dive, sadly off the deep end" after he accused Vice President Mike Pence of being the worst person in the federal government when he praised controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his bid for the Senate in Arizona.

Will's complaints about Trump have been going on for some time, and earlier in June, he warned Democrats that a candidate similar to Trump could arise on the left side of the ticket as well.

"Let me give Democrats a warning," he told HBO's Bill Maher. "In the summer of 2015, you had 18 Republican candidates on stage and the most lurid stood out. In the summer of 2018, there will be 18 Democrats on stage and maybe the most lurid will stand out there. The idea that only the Republican Party or only the right can produce something like Donald Trump is naive and cheerful."

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Conservative columnist George Will, who has switched his voter registration from Republican to "unaffiliated" in the state of Maryland, is urging voters to reject Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections in the wake of President Trump's much-criticized border policy...
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