Don’t look for the name Trump in George Will’s new book, The Conservative Sensibility. The renowned columnist says thats because Trump doesnt “have much to do with American conservatism.”Interested in Donald Trump?Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Donald TrumpAdd InterestOn the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast on Wednesday, Will said the departure from traditional conservatism predates Trump, but the impact Trump has had on the Republican party and the country will create significant lasting damage beyond his term in office.(MORE: President Trump amplifies far-right voices in protest of Facebook ban)ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Will why Trump got elected and why he now enjoys such strong support from Republican officeholders and voters alike.
It helped that the Republicans had what 17 people on stage at the beginning of the nominating process and the most lurid stood out. But beyond that, Mr. Trumps manner appeals to people, Will responded.Will explained that what many criticize about Trump -- his blunt language and manner -- are what got him to the Oval Office.
“A lot of people say, Well, we ought to impeach him for being a boor, said Will. “He promised to be a boor. This is promise keeping that he was going to overturn the norms.”
Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Oval Office of the White House, June 12, 2019, in Washington.
In Will’s judgment, however, this shift in discourse that Trump has started in the nation will do “more lasting damage to the country than Nixons surreptitious burglaries did.”“You cant unring the bell. You cant unsay what he has now said is acceptable discourse in the United States,” said Will.
Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images Richard Nixon in the Oval Office.
(MORE: Times publisher warned Trump his rhetoric against media is divisive and dangerous)When ABC News Political Director Rick Klein asked about the 2020 election and whether Democrats should be afraid of going too far left, Will took out a small card from his wallet. Written on it are ideas such as “end private health insurance,” “Green New Deal,” and “abolish the Electoral College.
”Will said Democrats should be afraid of embracing such ideas and making it easier for the country to elect Trump once again.“Thats a way to start a campaign, let’s offend a 180 million Americans right out of the bat,” Will said of the aforementioned Democratic proposals. “Everyone knows the Electoral College is not going to be abolished because 13 small states can and will stop a constitutional amendment,” he added.
Klein asked Will whether Trump can beat that platform. “Yes,” responded Will. “Right now, the Democrats seem determined to make it easy to vote for him.”Will expressed not only his concern about the state of the conservative movement. He also worried about the nations pastime -- and his favorite as well:.