The vanguard of the Never Trump movement, Bill Kristol, told ABC’s podcast “Powerhouse Politics” Friday that conservatives may need more than an overhaul of the “Party of Lincoln” should New York businessman Donald Trump become the GOP presidential nominee in 2016.
Kristol, the editor-in-chief of the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard, fears Trump’s ascent to the top of the Republican Party will eventually discredit the GOP beyond repair, thus requiring the birth of an entirely new political party.
“I now wonder whether the Republican Party itself doesn’t get so tainted by Trump that you don’t have to think about the possibility of a new party or a really radically somehow revised or reformed party,” Kristol told Powerhouse Politics.
Tirelessly laboring to recruit an alternative to Trump, Kristol aggressively sought 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney earlier this year; Romney has consistently rebuffed overtures from both GOP officials and Kristol.
Frustrated by Romney’s refusal, Kristol unveiled conservative writer and attorney David French, only to be thwarted once again in early June.
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