Well, Bill Kristol’s “impressive” Independent Nominee To Beat Trump Is A Bummer. | Gradient

Well, Bill Kristol’s “impressive” independent nominee to beat Trump is a bummer.


Earlier today, we wrote that virtually any independent nominee Bill Kristol brought to the table — as he has promised to do — would be a severe blow to Donald Trump. “No matter who Bill Kristol’s ‘impressive’ secret candidate is, it’ll kill Trump’s chances.” That’s what we wrote!

Well, never let it be said Gradient writers aren’t willing to admit when they are wrong because, hoo boy, we were wrong. According to Bloomberg, Kristol’s pocket ace is a conservative writer named David French. Odds are you’ve never heard of him, and that’s just the tip of this Bad Idea Iceberg.

David French (Dave, to friends) is a writer for the National Review, a lawyer and an Iraq war hero. He wrote a book called A Season for Justice: Defending the Rights of the Christian Church, Home, and School. He’s a serious adoption advocate, with an adopted daughter from Ethiopia. Those aren’t the greatest qualifications in political history, but they’re exponentially better than Trump’s. French is a good writer, and his #NeverTrump bonafides are sterling.

Is French more qualified for the Oval Office than Trump? Totally. Lots of things are. You — yes, you, reading this —probably are. But you aren’t going to be President anymore than David French is because nobody’s ever heard of you or him. French is less than a Hail Mary, because a Hail Mary implies you could a win. It’s even not a fumblerooski, which likewise could conceivably work. No, in terms of sheer desperation, this move rivals The Annexation of Puerto Rico.

Another little chestnut about David French: the dude DOES NOT LIKE Black Lives Matter. He writes about this a lot, claiming that the movement is “wrong about police”, is behind a “seemingly intentional effort to strike ever-greater fear in the hearts of black parents”, and “costs black lives.” He also bravely defended police who kill unarmed black men because even unarmed people can “do serious damage with their fists and teeth.”

Distressingly bad understanding of what a viable independent candidate might look like in this election aside, it seems Kristol has learned very, very little from Trump’s success, which has been largely built on just this sort of ignorance. Kristol needs to think long and hard about his definition of “impressive.” You know what’d be impressive, Bill Kristol? If you didn’t get everyone’s hopes up.

For what it’s worth, Mitt Romney seems sort of on board.

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