Potential Third-Party Candidate: David French
For a while it seemed that many prominent Republicans, such as Mitt Romney, were scrambling to find a third-party candidate to overtake Trump. Then it was reported that they had given up the search. Conservative editor of the Weekly Standard Bill Kristol has floated a handful of candidates including criminal justice anti-reformer Tom Cotton, Senator Ben Sasse, and even Mitt Romney. Now, though, Kristol is calling for David French, a staff writer at National Review, to carry the torch. Mitt Romney, a fellow anti-Trump Republican, has endorsed French via Twitter: “I know David French to be an honorable, intelligent and patriotic person. I look forward to following what he has to say.”
Kristol has declined to comment on the rumors, but his writing speaks for itself: “To say that [French] would be a better and more responsible president than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is to state a truth that would become self-evident as more Americans got to know him.” He also tweeted a teaser this past weekend: “Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate – an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.” Trump responded provocatively enough: “If @BillKristol gets an independent candidate I’ll put him on my drone kill list. That I promise you!”
French himself is undecided on whether he will run, but according to sources he is seriously considering planning efforts soon. His wife told NBC News, “He’s been trying to get other people to run for a long time, so that’s probably why people are considering him, you know, because he’s been very adamantly anti-Trump, or at least Never Trump, Never Hillary.” She claimed it would “be quite jolting” to their lives, but “he’d be great.”
Unless you’re an avid National Review reader, chances are you haven’t heard about this man until now. David French is a constitutional lawyer, Bronze Star recipient, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, and author of several books including No. 1 New York Times bestseller Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore. He lives in Columbia, Tennessee with his wife and three children.
You need look no further than the National Review to find out where David French stands on the issues. When it comes to transgendered people, French has a lot to say and numerous articles written on the topic. He considers trans people as “human victims of sexual radicalism,” a “heartbreaking tragedy.” His fight against the transgendered movement, to him, is compassionate: “I’ll oppose their [sexually radical] ideology to my last breath, but [transgendered people] deserve our prayers, our compassion, and our aid. They have been deceived.”
He is equally against abortion and considers it a “regime born in racism and the racist quack “science” of eugenics,” a “practice of brutally killing innocent human life.”
French has been a vocal critic of Trump. He refused to ever vote for Trump, saying, “When I look at Trump, I see a catastrophe in the making. And for that reason – among many others – I cannot in good conscience vote for the instrument of national crisis.”
It’s undeniable that anything could happen at this point. David French is a relative stranger to voters. Whether he’ll decide to dive into the presidential race is yet to be seen, but the potential for a more dynamic playing field is exciting to plenty of Americans looking for an alternative to Trump and Clinton.