Bill Kristol is stepping down as editor-in-chief of The Weekly Standard, more than two decades after he co-founded the conservative publication.
"It's good," Kristol told CNN on Monday. "Here at The Weekly Standard, we've always been for regime change."
Steve Hayes, the publication's senior editor, will take over for Kristol.
Kristol, 63, has been a staunch critic of President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE since he announced his candidacy, even going so far as to actively search for an independent candidate, ultimately drafting former CIA operative Evan McMullin.
He also called on Trump to step down as the party's nominee as recently as just a few weeks before the election in favor of Mitt Romney:
If Trump steps down, there's one appropriate substitute presidential candidate: The previous nominee, uncontaminated by Trump: Mitt Romney.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) October 8, 2016
The Weekly Standard was co-founded in 1995 by Kristol and Fred Barnes.
"When we started the magazine in 1995, we hoped we'd last a while," Kristol wrote on the site. "It's gratifying that we're still going strong a generation later, and I appreciate more than I can say the efforts of all those who've made this possible."
Kristol is the former chief of staff for Vice President Dan Quayle.