SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump’s constant rhetoric on social media and in other forums is wearing people out, conservative political commentator George Will said Monday.
“I think the country is experiencing today political exhaustion. It’s very hard for people to realize that Mr. Trump has been president, for what, 10 months?” he said on KSL Newsradio’s “The Doug Wright Show.”
Another conservative commentator and analyst, Bill Kristol, also criticized Trump on the program.
"I think I'm in the minority. I think most Republicans have accommodated Mr. Trump and not only hope he does well but are pleased with some accomplishments," said Kristol, who founded the Weekly Standard, a political magazine.
On Sunday, Kristol tweeted about the photo of five ex-U.S. presidents at the One America fundraising concert for hurricane relief.
"Seeing the former presidents at last night's event was a reminder the office has been held by men of stature and dignity. It will be again," he tweeted.
Kristol said he recently talked to some of his son's Marine buddies and others about liberty and freedom.
"It does cheer you up to talk to younger people who are patriotic in a serious way, not in Trump's kind of blowhard way," he said.
Will said the Founding Fathers would be “appalled” at how the president dominates the public discourse in a way that makes him so central to the consciousness of the nation.
Trump promised during the presidential campaign to overturn political norms.
"He said, 'I'm going to say what I want. I'm going to do what I want. I don’t care what other people have done. They're all creatures of the swamp. I'm going to drain the swamp,'" Will said.
Now Americans are going to have to figure out how to slowly rebuild norms — something that is going to be very difficult to do, he said.
"It's going to be a lot harder to restore civility and the traditional norms of behavior than it has been, to say, repeal and replace Obamacare," said Will, who writes a column for the Washington Post and provides commentary for NBC News and MSNBC.
Americans, Will said, are going to be a "burned over landscape. They're going to be tired of this."48 comments on this story
But someone is going to come along to take a deep breath, lower the voice and talk people off the ledge, said Will, who left the Republican Party after Trump became its presumptive nominee in June 2016 and was a major proponent of the “Never Trump” movement.
"Not everything that happens in Washington or in America is as momentous as we make everything seem in the media," he said.
Republicans in Congress are worried that there could be an election wave against them of the sort that swept them into power a few years ago, he said. The GOP for years told its base that if it controlled the House, Senate and presidency that big things would happen.
"Well, big things aren't happening," Will said.