When Bill Kristol first floated the idea of National Review writer David French running as a third-party candidate, I was one of the few Americans who didn’t say, “David who?” I would’ve voted for French if he had run, because I can’t vote for either of the two “legitimate” candidates we’re stuck with. (And because McAfee didn’t get the Libertarian Party nomination.) If you want to insist that I’m effectively voting for Clinton and/or Trump by refusing to vote for either of them, go ahead and be silly.
I wouldn’t have expected French to pose a real threat to either of them, of course. It would’ve been a protest vote. He seems like a good man, and I’m an admirer of his work, and he could hardly be worse than what we’re getting one way or the other. But he’s simply too obscure and it’s simply too late. He realized this as well, which is why he decided not to run.
But not everybody was so nonchalant about a possible French candidacy, as he told Morning Joe today:
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) June 7, 2016
“It was probably one of the more ham-handed attempts at intimidation. Which, out of the Trump operation, you can expect things to be done the most incompetent way possible… An individual calls and he says, ‘I’m sorry, but I’ve been asked by the Trump campaign to make sure that David knows that this will be really bad for him.'”
French goes on to describe the attacks on his family by Trump’s “alt-right” followers, who oddly seem to enjoy both white supremacy and anime. They’re deeply unpleasant, just like their idol, who keeps playing footsie with them. I want nothing to do with any of them.
At the exact instant I clicked the Publish button on this post, Trump had not yet tweeted about how French is lying, and it wasn’t anybody from the Trump campaign anyway, and so forth. Maybe he’ll be able to control himself. Or maybe he’s still too busy yelling about that “Mexican” judge.
Why settle for the lesser of two evils when you can vote for the greatest evil of all? #Cthulhu4America!
P.S. It’s nice, not having to pretend that Trump should ever, ever be president.
Official position of the leadership of the Republican Party: Trump is an inexcusable bigot, and Trump must be our next president.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 7, 2016