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Bill Kristol on Trump Blasting Weekly Standard: He Wants People ‘Trying to Save’ GOP to ‘Go Away’

Bill Kristol ripped President Donald Trump on MSNBC today for his attack on The Weekly Standard after the conservative magazine announced it’s shutting down.

Kristol told Craig Melvin there’s nothing in the tweet worth responding to, though he found it interesting that he ended it with a “rest in peace” message.

What he seems to be saying, Kristol said, is that he “wants people like me and Steve Hayes and John McCormack and Charlie Sykes to go away, and stop trying to save conservatism and the Republican party and indeed America to some degree from Donald Trump, but I don’t think we’re going away at all.”

At one point during the segment Kristol said that the closing of the Weekly Standard wasn’t completely Trump-related, but it certainly was a part of it. Asked to elaborate, he said the owners “didn’t like being in the position of having to say this magazine, which has editorial independence, is very critical of the Republican president.”

He also pushed back on the “bullying” from not just Trump but others relishing the magazine shuttering.

You can watch above, via MSNBC.

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