While the Republican Party appears to be falling into line behind 2016 GOP nominee Donald Trump, not everyone in the conservative ranks is happy with that’s happening to their party.
Wall Street Journal opinion page editor Bret Stephens appeared on CNN over the weekend and told host Fareed Zakaria that Trump needs to be soundly beaten in November as way of teaching GOP voters a lesson:
“I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump. I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote that makes sure he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don’t know, Alf Landon.”
Stephens was far from finished excoriating Trump, adding:
“It’s important that Donald Trump, or what he represents, this kind of quote ‘ethnic conservatism or populism,’ be so decisively rebuked that the Republican Party and the Republican voters will forever learn their lesson that they cannot nominate a man so manifestly unqualified to be president in any way, shape or form.
“So they have to learn a lesson perhaps the way Democrats learned a lesson from McGovern in ’72.”
Zakaria then asked Stephens if the Journal would be stating its opposition to Trump on their editorial page and endorsing anyone else. Stephens said the newspaper had not endorsed a candidate since Herbert Hoover:
“And we will not repeat that mistake.”
Keep in mind that the Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also controls the right-wing noise machine we know as Fox News. And yet one of his main editors is coming out strongly against Donald Trump. Makes you wonder if even Murdoch is worried about a Trump Administration.
Here’s the conversation with Bret Stephens from CNN: