So Bill Kristol’s Big Surprise Third-Party Candidate Is Some Dude We Never Heard Of

Over the weekend, Kristol teased that #NeverTrump conservatives would get an "impressive" independent candidate to back. He gave them David French. Who? Exactly.
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Neo-conservative icon and Weekly Standard publisher Bill “I’m Always Wrong” Kristol tweeted over the Memorial Day weekend that #NeverTrump conservatives would finally get themselves a candidate they could back against Donald Trump.



This led to a bit of a back-and-forth between the angry sentient circus peanut and the Iraq War’s biggest cheerleader, with Kristol surprisingly holding his own. Based on his confidence and swagger, one would think that the guy who is constantly incorrect on his predictions and always making a fool of himself was finally going to pull an ace from his sleeve. Yeah, no.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported (and don’t you DARE think about not giving these two credit for their scoop) that Kristol’s “impressive” candidate was none other than David French!


Who? Exactly.

As soon as the story hit that French was Kristol’s guy, pundits, reporters and writers predictably began trashing the big surprise:



If you really want to know who French is, he’s a military veteran and constitutional lawyer who currently writes for the National Review. Lately, he’s been tearing up the internet with his hot takes on Game of Thrones and Star Wars. He surely presents a formidable challenge to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the two independent candidates a sliver of the American population has actually heard of (Jill Stein and Gary Johnson).


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Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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