On Wednesday, Donald Trump mentioned Weekly Standard neocon and Fox News pundit Bill Kristol and the effort to establish a third party.
Trump said Kristol “wants the war in Iraq. All the guy wants to do is kill people, go to war and kill people, even though he knows it’s not working, although he doesn’t know because he’s not smart enough.”
Kristol was a leading proponent of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He teamed up with fellow neocon Lawrence Kaplan and wrote The War Over Iraq which predicted a “two month war, not an eight year war” in 2003, weeks before the invasion.
According to Kristol, the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, the War in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War were not invasions, but rather “liberations.” The invasion of Iraq alone cost over one million Iraqi lives.
Floundering “Never Trump” Campaign
Kristol leads the “Never Trump” movement and is attempting to establish a third party and run a candidate to oppose both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The effort has been plagued by false starts and criticism that it is not realistic this late in the game. Despite this, on Thursday Bloomberg reported remarks by Kristol that failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may head up the new party.
“The real last chance here is with Mitt Romney, who has said ‘no’ but who I think is thinking seriously about it,” Kristol said. “He is a very serious person, he really knows that Trump should not be president of the United States. He strongly believes that Hillary Clinton should not be president of the United States.”
The fact the former Massachusetts governor has lost two presidential bids does not concern Kristol.
“I think a lot of Americans by October after watching Clinton and Trump go at each other could decide that a respectable, serious grown-up person like Mitt Romney could be awfully desirable. The conditions are there. The ballot access stuff is a little challenging but actually manageable, people have overcome those obstacles, so it really comes down to a candidate.”
Romney’s spokesperson declined to comment on Kristol’s remarks.
Earlier this month, Kristol mulled a name for his party:
I’d assumed the new party should be called the New Federalist Party or The New Whig Party. But now I’m thinking, The Renegade Party…
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 17, 2016
The announcement on Twitter resulted in less than 3,000 “true conservatives” (read: neocons) following the party.
— Renegade Party (@RenegadeParty) May 17, 2016