Notable US neoconservative has meltdown while talking Trump on MSNBC
The final US presidential debate was last night, and Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump sparred on Mosul, Russia, and a plethora of other topics. But the debate had foreign policy commentator and noted neoconservative Bill Kristol up in arms. A frequent commentator on US policy in the Middle East, Kristol is a notable #NeverTrump Republican. Distressed at the possibility of Trump – a fiery critic of US foreign policy in the region – being president, Kristol lost it on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today.
The incident started when Kristol called Trump’s victory in the Republican primary a “fluke.” Co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that he won the election outright. Kristol took it personally, saying “you feel great that the Republican party nominated a guy who’s really a bad guy as president,” visibly upset. Co-host Joe Scarborough pointed this out to Kristol, saying “you’re practically crying” after Kristol accused MSNBC of not being tough on Trump.
It’s strange that Kristol would accuse a show on MSNBC – often perceived as having a liberal bias – of being too soft on Trump. Scarborough, like Kristol, is a #NeverTrump Republican.
The video does not appear to be on MSNBC’s YouTube channels, but can be watched here.
Kristol was lambasted by pro-Trump tweeters afterwards.
Neoconservatives, who support US interventions in the Middle East to fight jihadist groups, regime change efforts, and a more assertive foreign policy, are naturally critical of Trump. Trump has criticized the Iraq war, and said the Syrian regime of president Bashar al-Assad regime, Iran and Russia are fighting Daesh (ISIS). Neoconservatives are usually critical of those three actors.