George Will, one of the best-known conservative commentators and columnists in the country, said Sunday that he has left the Republican Party because of Donald Trump, changing his voter registration to “unaffiliated,” CNN reports.
Specifically, Trump’s recent comments about a judge prompted the move, according to Will.
Will said on “Fox News Sunday”: “After Trump went after the ‘Mexican’ judge from northern Indiana then [House Speaker] Paul Ryan endorsed him, I decided that in fact this was not my party anymore.”
Will’s announcement followed a post Sunday by Trump in which he wrote: “George Will, one of the most overrated political pundits (who lost his way long ago), has left the Republican Party. He’s made many bad calls.”
Will responded on the Fox News show, saying: “He has an advantage on me, because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I can’t.”
Will reportedly joined the Republican Party in 1964.