‘Never Trump’ elitist Bill Kristol donated to Northam’s campaign to check Trump for Charlottesville

As a leading “Never Trump” elitist, Weekly Standard co-founder Bill Kristol justifies his hatred for President Donald Trump by claiming to be defending the principles of conservatism.

But taking a stand on principle works both ways.

Kristol donated to embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s campaign in the 2017 election, but remains quiet about the donation in the face of the Democrat governor’s black face/KKK controversy and his remarks that were widely seen as supportive of infanticide.

As for backing Northam over Republican Ed Gillespie, the New Yorker reported it stemmed from Republicans in Virginia not breaking with Trump after the incident in Charlottesville.

More from the New Yorker:

When they did not, Kristol and his wife, Susan Scheinberg, a classics scholar, were so infuriated that they sent a two-hundred-dollar donation to the campaign of the Democrat Ralph Northam, who was running for governor of Virginia against the Republican Ed Gillespie, whom Kristol considered something of a friend. […]

When Northam won the Virginia governor’s race, in November, and enough Democratic legislative candidates won to turn the suburbs from red to blue, “I found myself pleased,” Kristol said.


Kristol justified his decision to support Democrats by saying “if the Republicans aren’t willing to check Trump, someone has to.”

After the Virginia state legislature tabled the abortion bill Northam was defending, Kristol had the chutzpah to take to Twitter and suggest that by voting for Democrats, he’s saving the Republican Party.

“The party line vote on tabling HB 2491 in the subcommittee of the Virginia General Assembly is yet another reminder–an important one–of why many of us Republican haven’t become Democrats but rather are doing our best to save the GOP,” he tweeted.

The hypocrite also responded to a tweet from former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley saying Virginia deserved “better representation” in the face of the black face controversy, taking a cheap shot at President Trump by tweeting, “So do the people of the United States.”

He even joked about the influence of yearbooks in American politics.

Yet, Kristol never gets around to mentioning he made a financial contribution to Northam’s success.

He has also made no indication that he regrets the decision, according to The Daily Caller — Northam’s campaign did not return a request for comment from the online news source.

But, as a GOP strategist told The Daily Caller, Kristol — and other Never Trump sellouts like Rick Wilson — misses one critical detail in his, ahem, principled stand.

“Bill Kristol must have missed the class on party building where you are taught not to actively help your opponent while trying to rebuild your own party,” the source said.

Tom Tillison


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