Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal just said that he wants the Republican party to crash and burn — and he’s a thought leader among right wingers.
Speaking on Sunday to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, he said:
‘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. 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.’
Stephens thinks that the arrival at an utter dead end for the Republicans will come with Trump on the presidential ballot in November, and the polls and models agree with him — for the most part. Trump is slowly but surely edging into likely general election opponent Hillary Clinton’s lead, but Trump is far from being the front runner. Multiple models — most, actually — still have Trump thumping to an epic loss in the general election.
The theory floated by Stephens has actually turned up elsewhere, such as in the — sort of — endorsement for Trump that rapper Azaelia Banks gave in the past couple of months.
So, who exactly will Stephens vote for? Well, there at present isn’t really a certain candidate. The only presently established candidate who is remotely right wing is the Libertarians’ Gary Johnson, who was nominated last Sunday, but Johnson is likely too liberal on social issues for the Republican establishment like Stephens to wholeheartedly get behind.
That’s far from certain however, since on Sunday, the National Chairperson of the Libertarian Party said that he and/or his associates were in talks with the prominent conservative election financiers the Koch brothers. Johnson has been polling at 10 percent when pitted against Trump and Clinton in a general election match up.
Stephens is a former editor of both the Jerusalem Post, one of Israel’s largest papers, and the conservative magazine Commentary. He floated a similar sentiment against Libertarian-leaning at the time presidential candidate Rand Paul, saying of him:
‘What Republicans needed as a “nominee in 2016 is a man of … glaring disqualifications. Someone so nakedly unacceptable to the overwhelming majority of sane Americans that only the GOP could think of nominating him.'”
The love of destruction is often floated by right wingers as a legitimate way of conducting business. Under such a system, destroying something is all a part of the strategy to make it better — which never exactly has worked. Dead bodies like establishment politics, with which less than half of the population identifies, don’t come back to life. Nice try, Stephens.
Check out the interview Stephens conducted below.
Featured Image is via Screenshot from the video.