Bill Kristol Tried to Defend the Galactic Empire on Twitter

'Star Wars' fans didn't like that very much

Bill Kristol, Darth Vader supporter. (Photo: Google Commons)

Bill Kristol, Darth Vader supporter. (Photo: Google Commons)

Fanboys around the world rejoiced last night as the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released and tickets for the movie went on sale.

But Bill Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, a neoconservative opinion magazine, made waves of his own this morning when he tweeted that he supported the Galactic Empire in the Star Wars universe:

Although the two tweets were in response to a joke New York Times op-ed writer Ross Douthat tweeted about conservatives supporting the Empire, Mr. Kristol’s support of “the dark side” didn’t seem to be jest:

The conversation didn’t end on Mr. Kristol’s feed, however—so many people tweeted out opinions on the Empire debate that “Bill Kristol” was one of Twitter’s top trends Tuesday morning:

Rather than engaging the haters, Mr. Kristol’s response was to link to a 2002 Weekly Standard article called “The Case for the Empire.” The Force is strong with this one.