Donald Trump might be notorious for his racism, narcissism, ignorance and bullying, but he is still in the position to win not only the Iowa caucuses, but also the New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9.
If it were any other candidate holding such a substantial lead on their rivals, the Republican leaders might not have been this perturbed. But seeing as the presidential frontrunner in question doesn’t think twice before making insensitive and controversial remarks, particularly on the campaign trail, it is understandable why the party chiefs would worry about putting a stop to him.
National Review, one of the most prominent conservative publications in the United States, tried to take matters into its own hands by dedicating a special issue to denounce business mogul’s presidential candidacy.
More than 20 notable conservative thinkers — including William Kristol, Erick Erickson and Glenn Beck — teamed up to slam the former reality TV star in the latest edition of the magazine, whose cover loudly displays “Against Trump.” The blistering collection of essays by 22 renowned conservative luminaries basically labels the billionaire “a menace to conservatism.”
“Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP [Republican Party] in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones,” the editorial reads. “He is fixated on stealing Iraq's oil and casually suggested a few weeks ago a war crime — killing terrorists' families — as a tactic in the war on terror.”
However, within the few hours of publication and after receiving some scorching criticism from Trump and his supporters, the New York-based magazine founded in 1955 by famed conservative thinker William F Buckley Jr., was “disinvited” by the Republican National Committee from the upcoming debate on Feb. 26.
National Review publisher Jack Fowler deemed RNC’s decision a “small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald.” However, his efforts depict the aggravation among conservative thought leaders over Republicans establishment's reluctance to take a bold stand against Trump.
The magazine also called out the GOP frontrunner for supporting abortion, gun control and higher taxes on the wealthy in the past — all positions that conservatives oppose.
Meanwhile, Trump shot back at the magazine with a series of scathing tweets, calling National Review a “dying publication” and claiming that William F. Buckley would be “ashamed of what had happened to his prize.”
National Review is a failing publication that has lost it's way. It's circulation is way down w its influence being at an all time low. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2016
Very few people read the National Review because it only knows how to criticize, but not how to lead.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2016
The late, great, William F. Buckley would be ashamed of what had happened to his prize, the dying National Review!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2016
The anti-Trump manifesto was not without risk for the National Review, but the timing of its release are extremely important since Iowa is shortly poised to begin selecting its choice for the Republican presidential nominee.
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