George Will joins MSNBC, NBC News

George Will joins MSNBC, NBC News
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Washington Post columnist George Will has joined MSNBC and NBC News as a contributor, according to a spokeswoman for the networks.

Will’s deal formalizes his relationship with MSNBC, where he has been an increasingly frequent guest since January.

Will became a cable news free agent once Fox News declined to renew his contributor contract after the 2016 elections.

Will said last June that he was leaving the GOP over President Trump and becoming an unaffiliated voter.

“After Trump went after the Mexican judge from northern Indiana and then [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE [(R-Wis.)] endorsed him, I decided that in fact this was not my party anymore,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Trump said in June that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s “Mexican heritage” was “an absolute conflict” in presiding over civil fraud lawsuits against Trump University, Trump’s now-defunct real estate training program.

Will has remained a vocal critic of Trump since he became president in January.

The conservative commentator said last week that Trump is someone who is not able to “think and speak clearly."

Will, who has won a Pulitzer Prize, spent three decades as an ABC contributor before joining Fox in 2013.

Joe Concha contributed to this story.