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Bill Kristol Sends Mixed Messages: 'I'm #NeverTrump, but Never Say Never

Maybe it was just a joke?

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Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol came out early as one of the leaders of the #NeverTrump movement, but now he's sending mixed messages.

In an interview on Newsmax TV, anchor Steve Malzberg asked Kristol if Republican front-runner Donald Trump could do anything to win him over in the general election, should he secure the GOP nomination this summer. In response, the #NeverTrump proponent said the billionaire businessman has unresolvable character issues.

But then he seemed to change his tune.

"I mean, I guess never say never," Kristol told Malzberg. "On the one hand, I’ll say #NeverTrump, and on the other hand, I’ll say never say never."

Interestingly it was also Kristol who earlier this year wrote this of the New York real estate mogul: "Isn’t Trumpism a two-bit Caesarism of a kind that American conservatives have always disdained? Isn’t the task of conservatives today to stand athwart Trumpism, yelling stop?"

Apparently, after seeing the response to his convoluted message Monday evening, Kristol sought to right the ship, assuring his Twitter followers that he stands firmly against Trump and his comments to Newsmax were in jest.

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