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‘Principled Conservatism:’ Bill Kristol Non-Profit Funded by Leftist Billionaire

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“Cruise Ship” Bill Kristol, one of the most prominent of the #NeverTrump critics, has, in his lasting effort to promote “principled conservatism,” teamed up with a leftist billionaire to fight President Donald J. Trump.

“Republicans for the Rule of Law is a group of life-long Republicans dedicated to defending our democratic institutions and upholding the rule of law. We are fighting to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation from political interference,” says the website for Weekly Standard former editor-in-chief Kristol’s side project.

With such a name, one might think that Republicans were funding Kristol’s operation. But according to a piece in American Greatness penned by national treasure Julie Kelly, that is not the case.

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“[W]e have learned learned that one of Kristol’s benefactors is progressive billionaire Pierre Omidyar, the co-founder of eBay,” Kelly wrote. “Omidyar has directed millions of dollars to a variety of progressive causes and political candidates: he and wife “have have given more than $500,000 to federal candidates and groups—nearly all of them Democrats—since 1999,” including six-figure donations to the Democratic senate and congressional campaign committees.”

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Currently, according to Kelly, Kristol’s group is running radio spots attacking Trump’s Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

“Commercials attacking the acting attorney general were aired on several Sunday morning political shows,” Kelly wrote, adding that Kristol’s group is “pimping for the Mueller probe, a political witch-hunt that Kristol and his fellow NeverTrumpers pray will lead to the impeachment and removal of the president.”

Kristol’s Trump-hatred runs deep. So deep, in fact, that Kristol is tied to the anti-Trump Steele Dossier via his son-in-law. As Big League Politics reported:

The Washington Free Beacon, a neoconservative news website edited by Bill Kristol’s son-in-law Matthew Continetti, is revealed to have been the original financier of Fusion GPS’ anti-Donald Trump effort.

That project yielded the discredited Christopher Steele dossier on Trump’s alleged Russian collusion. The Free Beacon reportedly handed the project off, directly or otherwise, to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC in April 2016. The Beacon is denying that the project was focused on Russia at the time that the Kristol-linked site was financing it.

Numerous good people have been ensnared in the “Russia” hoax, which has dragged down lives by forcing campaign staffers like Mike Caputo to spend astronomical amounts of money on legal fees. Similar to the 1950’s Red Scare and Hollywood blacklist, many pro-Trump operatives and thinkers have seen their reputations besmirched and their earning capability curtailed by bogus Russia-themed innuendo.

Now, we know that Bill Kristol’s family member was integrally involved in the origins of that innuendo by paying the firm that ended up producing the Steele dossier. The Free Beacon’s deep-pocketed establishment sugar daddy Paul Singer is caught up in the controversy.

With friends like these in the “conservative” movement, who needs enemies?

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BEWARE: New ‘Conservative Economics’ Think Tank by National Review Hack is Another #NeverTrump Grift

Columnist Oren Cass has a history of opposing Trump and denigrating his supporters.

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Public policy analyst and conservative author Oren Cass announced today that he would be establishing American Compass, a thinktank with a focus on populist economics that is set to open in May.

“Delighted to announce the formation of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity,” Cass wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

While Cass may act like he wants to offer an “America First” vision for conservatism, his history of writings at National Review indicate that he is another Never Trumper attempting to reinvent himself in order to grift or co-opt the movement Trump is responsible for creating.

“Keeping any distance in the public mind between conservatism and Trumpism — not just checking his executive power, but continually repudiating his demagoguery and standing beside its targets — will require a Herculean effort in the coming years. Perhaps it will be impossible. But we should try, most importantly because it is the right thing to do,” Cass wrote in an article just days after Trump was elected President.

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“Conservatives cannot afford to have their long-standing agenda become indistinguishable from the noxious elements of Trumpism… But to be viable (or deserving of respect) in the long term, Republicans will have to sustain that coalition independent of the antidemocratic and intolerant aspects that Trump leveraged. Some will smirk that this is impossible and guts the core appeal of Trumpism, but if that’s true, then we’ll have to ensure its gutting anyway,” he added.

In a previous op/ed, Cass lauded Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) as the paragon of virtue while denigrating Trump’s brand of politics and insulting his fans.

“The real difference is that Romney held himself each day to the highest standards of decency and felt keenly the burdens of leadership, while Trump is an entertainer committed to delivering whatever irrational blather of insults, threats, and lies will earn the most retweets,” Cass wrote.

“The Trump phenomenon does not deserve elevation to the level of some reasonable response, needed movement, or well-earned comeuppance. It is best regarded as some combination of nihilistic joke and authoritarian fantasy,” he added.

In his latest screed laying out the philosophical basis for his new thinktank, Cass never mentions Trump, or even Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, even once. He instead name drops Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the model for his brand of conservatism.

“The problems animating America’s resurgent populism are very real. They will be solved neither by the ideological alignments that governed us into the crisis nor by that populism itself, which has demonstrated no ability to formulate or implement a coherent response,” he wrote.

Cass’ new project will create a “coherent response” to mounting societal problems that fits neatly within the parameters of globalism and politics-as-usual. Similar to National Review editor Rich Lowry with his book “The Case for Nationalism,” Cass is another establishment Republican attempting to make himself relevant in a political landscape that has passed him by.

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