Longtime conservative columnist George Will has left the GOP due to Donald Trump.
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George Will, Mr. Conservative, Leaves GOP

“This is not my party.”

So says conservative commentator George Will, one of the most popular syndicated columnists in the country.

While he has defended Republican presidents for decades, through the highs of the Reagan era to the lows of defending George W. Bush and the unpopular Iraq war, Will says he has re-registered as “non affiliated” due to Donald Trump.

“President Trump with no opposition from a Republican-led Congress would be worse than a Hillary Clinton presidency with a Republican-led Congress,” Will told an audience at the conservative Federalist Society. “Make sure Trump loses. Grit your teeth for four years and win the White House in 2020.”

Will, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and Fox News contributor, has been critical of Trump for months. He has warned that Trump’s damage to the GOP had only just begun, and that he would be the “most unpopular nominee ever’’ losing support from women, minorities and young voters.

Trump has called Will a “major loser.” Will joins a growing list of conservatives and Republicans who say they will not back Trump in November.

About Jim Heath

Jim Heath is the author of the new best seller Front Row Seat at the Circus - One Journalist's Journey through Two Presidential Elections. The book is about Jim's experiences covering the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns - from South Carolina, the first southern primary state, to Ohio, the ultimate battleground state in presidential elections. A recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, Jim is also a two-time Emmy award winner with more than 15 years experience as both a main evening anchor and political reporter. A longtime advocate of social media, GQ Magazine listed Jim on their Top 5 political "Power List" and the Washington Post named him to their "Best Super Tuesday Twitter List." Jim's news career has taken him from Arizona to South Carolina to Ohio.

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