Pete Hegseth called out "desperate" members of the "Never Trump" conservative movement who have now called on voters to support Democrats in November. 

In recent weeks, Max Boot, Steve Schmidt and George Will have all renounced their membership in the Republican Party. Boot wrote on July 4 that he is "rooting for a Democratic takeover of both houses in November. Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt."

Hegseth, guest-hosting "The Ingraham Angle," said the "never-Trumpers" are now "maybe even more hysterical than Democrats" in their anti-Trump rhetoric.

"Mediabuzz" host Howard Kurtz responded, saying it's "hard not to notice" that the defections from the GOP under Trump bring "favorable publicity, MSNBC contracts and new respect from the left."

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"But to say 'vote for Democrats?' I can't add it up," Hegseth said, adding he has known Boot to be a "smart, thoughtful guy" over the years.

Kurtz said he understands the objections to the direction of the party under Trump, but said some of the rhetoric has become "overheated."

"They're in something of an echo chamber, I would say," he added, noting that their arguments have not impacted Republican voters. 

In a recent monologue, Sean Hannity called out the "never-Trumpers," arguing that if Trump had lost in 2016, Hillary Clinton would be getting set to pick a second Supreme Court justice.

Watch the interview above. 

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