Editor-at-large William Kristol discusses the politics of Trump from the mountains of Montana to the sands of Saudi Arabia, all in one week.

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Bill Kristol wraps up the week in Trump, from the Comey memo to President Trump’s “nut job” comment to the Russians. Is there a team who can turn this around for Trump? And if so, would he listen?

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Today on the Daily Standard podcast, editor at large William Kristol discusses his recent editorial and how the Comey firing and its after effects have changed the political climate profoundly in just a few days. Talk of Trump not finishing his term isn’t just a punchline any more.

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In a bonus appearance by Bill Kristol (he usually visits us every Friday), he reacts to Trump’s decision to fire his FBI Director: Sinister, or stupid? Or is there an option three? And how should the GOP-led Congress respond? Stick with Trump, or help him learn a leadership lesson?

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The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol talks about the political impact of the GOP’s house-vote victory today, and concerns about the policy impact for Republicans in the future. Kristol, who is on the road this week, also shares the mood among reluctant Trump voters he’s encountered in the Midwest. And he confesses his favorite airport eatery. Baby-back ribs for everyone!

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Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, joins Jay Caruso and Neal Dewing on this episode of The Fifth Estate. They chat about the Donald Trump candidacy, focusing on several areas:

  • What does it mean for the GOP if he wins or loses by a small margin?
  • What does it mean for the GOP if he loses big?
  • What culpability does the media have in giving him a platform for most of 2015 and into 2016?

In more general terms, Bill spoke of who he sees as the next generation of conservative leaders to emerge once the dust settles and what if anything should be done about people (like Sean Hannity, for example) who aligned themselves so firmly with Trump they were reduced to following in his footsteps and insulting conservatives.

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kristol-190aBill Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, is interested in an alternative to Hillary-Trump – a third option on the ballot, preferably a conservative one, and definitely an honorable one. Jay is interested in the same thing. They discuss it in this half-hour – with a mixture of wonder, anxiety, and hope.

 

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It’s not often that a news story breaks while we’re recording the podcast, but that’s exactly what happened today. We started off talking politics with Bill Kristol and Michael Barone (the former on #NeverTrump and the possibility of a third party and the latter on the now very important California primary and Michael’s WSJ piece “Trump Can’t Break the Republican Party”) and wound up discussing the passing of Prince and Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Eclectic, thou art our brand.

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