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 RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record 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.