Conservative columnist George Will is calling on the GOP to keep Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE out of the White House, even if he wins the nomination.
“Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun,” Will wrote in a new Washington Post column Saturday.
Will warns a Trump nomination would create “down-ballot carnage” that could end Republican control of the House.
“At least half a dozen Republican senators seeking reelection and Senate aspirants can hope to win if the person at the top of the Republican ticket loses their state by, say, only four points, but not if he loses by 10,” Will wrote, saying Trump would be the most unpopular nominee ever.
He calls on voters in upcoming primary states, Indiana and California, to vote for Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' Bob Dole: heroic, prickly and effective Democrats see Christmas goal slipping away MORE, to “make the Republican convention a deliberative body rather than one that merely ratifies decisions made elsewhere, some of them six months earlier.”
“A convention’s sovereign duty is to choose a plausible nominee who has a reasonable chance to win, not to passively affirm the will of a mere plurality of voters recorded episodically in a protracted process.”
He adds, however, that if Trump wins the nomination, the GOP should work instead toward cutting presumptive nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE’s term to four years.
“If Clinton gives her party its first 12 consecutive White House years since 1945, Republicans can help Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, or someone else who has honorably recoiled from Trump, confine her to a single term.”
Will has been a constant critic of Trump throughout the campaign, saying previously his nomination would be the “end” of the Republican party.
Trump has shot back at Will, accusing him of being “biased.”
“Broken down political pundit @GeorgeWill, who is wrong almost all of the time, should be thrown off @FoxNews. Boring and totally biased,” Trump tweeted in November.