The identity of the “impressive” independent presidential candidate to challenge presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump that conservative commentator Bill Kristol tweeted about Sunday night reportedly has been revealed.
Bloomberg Politics reports that two Republicans familiar with Kristol’s efforts say the person who will put his hat in the ring is constitutional attorney and National Review writer David French.
French is an Iraq War veteran and former senior counsel with both the American Center for Law and Justice and Alliance Defending Freedom, according to his biography on National Review’s site. He is a gradate of Harvard Law School and also the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore.
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.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 29, 2016
Clearly Kristol’s description of him as “impressive,” at least with regards to his credentials, is accurate. Whether that will translate into a credible run for the presidency is the question. While Trump never served in political office, he had the advantage of having nationwide name recognition.
French’s credibility with social conservatives would likely be strong, given his work with two organizations important to that group: the ACLJ and ADF. His wife, Nancy, is also a New York Times best-selling author of books, mostly dealing with Christian topics, and she collaborated on a book with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The National Review, for which French is a staff writer, dedicated an entire issue in January to conservative thinkers voicing their opposition to Trump’s candidacy.
Trump responded to Kristol’s Sunday tweet with some of his own, including this one:
If dummy Bill Kristol actually does get a spoiler to run as an Independent, say good bye to the Supreme Court!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2016