Conservative Columnist George Will: Vote Against GOP In Midterms

Conservative newspaper columnist George Will poses on the red carpet on Jan. 8, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

Longtime conservative columnistGeorge Willis making a case against voting for Republicans in November’s 2018 midterm elections, arguing that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other GOP members of Congress “have become the president’s poodles.”

In a column published Friday inThe Washington Post, Will lamented “Republican misrule,” and criticized lawmakers for “hav[ing] no higher ambition than to placate the president.”

“The Republican-controlled Congress, which waited for Trump to undo by unilateral decree the border folly they could have prevented by actually legislating, is an advertisement for the unimportance of Republican control,” Will wrote.

Will’s column follows a public outcry over President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance enforcement policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has led to the separation of undocumented migrant children from their parents. While Trumpsigned an executive orderWednesday ceasing the separations, his administration will instead detain families together indefinitely — a policy that also drew swift criticism andconflictswith a 2015 court order. 

Republicans, meanwhile,have failed to come up withimmigration legislation that will pass both chambers of Congress, and they lost the president’s supportin the process. 

Will also took on Trump aideStephen Miller, one of the president’s top advisers on immigration, as well as the president’s former campaign managerCorey Lewandowski

“Just as a magnet attracts iron filings, Trump attracts, and is attracted to, louts,” he wrote. 

Will didn’t endorse Democrats, either — “a Democratic-controlled Congress would be a basket of deplorables,” he wrote — but nevertheless pressed voters to strip the Republicans of their congressional majority.

“In today’s GOP, which is the president’s plaything, he is the mainstream,” he wrote. “So, to vote against his party’s cowering congressional caucuses is to affirm the nation’s honor while quarantining him.”

Last year, Will called Trump “the nation’s worst president” afterTrump endorsedaccused child molester Roy Moore for the then-open Senate seat in Alabama.

Read Will’s column here.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.