National Review magazine punished after telling conservatives to shun Trump – but Jeb Bush Liked It!

National Review magazine punished after telling conservatives to shun Trump

National Review, a New York-based magazine founded in 1955 by famed conservative thinker William F Buckley Jr, drew heavy scorn from Trump, on Twitter and at a Las Vegas news conference, for its issue entitled: “Against Trump”.

“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,” National Review said.

But within hours of the publication the magazine revealed it had felt the consequences of its strident position – it was pulled as one of the moderators of a debate with Republican candidates.

From the comments at NRO – I’m with Steyn on this

“So a philosophical commitment to free trade means less to them than the degeneration of mill and factory towns into wastelands of fast-food service jobs and heroin addiction. An abstract respect for religious pluralism means less to them than reducing the number of crazies running around whose last words before opening fire are “Allahu akbar!” A theoretical belief in private-sector health care means less to them than not getting stiffed by crappy five-figure health “insurance” that can be yanked out from under you at any moment under Byzantine rules and regulations that change 30 times a day. And bipartisan myth-making about “a nation of immigrants” means a whole lot less than another decade of Press One For English, flatlined wages, sanctuary cities and remorseless cultural transformation”

More at Breitbart – National Review Pens Letter to Conservatives: Don’t Vote for Trump

Keep dreaming Jeb…

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  • canminuteman

    Trump may not be consertative, I don’t know. But the entire GOP establishment has been totally ineffective since at least Reagan. I don’t see the next election changing that. What do they have to loose any more?

    • Xavier

      Under the current political system*, it won’t change until term limits are instituted, and that won’t happen until hell freezes over.

      *Notice how I sidestepped an open call for insurrection just to show my respect for Mamba? 😉

      • Heh;)

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Metaphorically speaking, she’s still going to cut your head off.

        • Justin St.Denis

          I doubt that. Xavier is a very astute and bright chap – at least going by his comments.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            He’s still a dean man posting. 😉

        • Xavier

          And I shall savor every moment of it.

    • simus1

      The RINO-GOP at the federal level seems to have one main function.
      Providing a hiring hall where rent seeking looters can choose an expert jockey to ride their issue to a $ucce$$ful victory

    • The republican party is a worthless pile of crap. They control the congress and cannot get sh*t done. The have allowed Obozo to become a dictator.

      For one simple issue – immigration – Trump may win.

      The republican party needs a big house cleaning.

      Trump, Trump, Trump. Goody bye RINOS.

  • Shebel

    I Never want to see another Bush as President of the USA.
    Besides , Jeb looks like a wimp.

    • Jeb is mush

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        At this point, he wouldn’t even taste good on a snack cracker.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Have you noticed how easy it is to imagine Jeb’s face encircled by a nun’s traditional wimple? Jeb looks like an old nun!

  • edlancey

    I expected better from Andrew McCarthy – the rest are a bunch of RINOs.

  • Clink9

    Trump has them all making a mess of their panties.

  • General P. Malaise

    REALLY …maybe Trump isn’t a conservative. He is still the most conservative of the entire GOP field. I’m for TRUMP.

  • BillyHW

    I’m disappointed in Thomas Sowell.

  • David Murrell

    I have always like the National Review — it has a history going back into the early 1950s as the conservative interpreter and advocate in the United States. But I am with the posters on this thread that conservatives, as is the case with the left-wing media cartel, should not bash Trump.

    The Trump candidacy, like the beleaguered anti-Muslim movement everywhere, is much like the early Republican party in the U.S. (in the 1850s?). And the establishment Republican party is like the dying Whig party back then. Trump, and the anti-Muslim movement, should present themselves as a moral righteous movement, one that opposes Islamic-based slavery, Sharia law, misogyny, and the killing of innocent civilians. The left-wing establishment (;ole the CBC and the Globe and Mail) clearly is supportive of the Islamic-based ills listed above. And the establishment Republicans, and the National Review, while critical, have tended to soft-pedal their pronouncements against Islam.

    I thought the old Whig party was well meaning enough in the 1850s, and I think the establishment Republican party, and the National Review, are well meaning today. But both missed the cutting edge issue of the day. I only hope Mr. Trump can cut back on his bombast and boastfulness, enough to win. A lot of voters do not like these traits.

    • Shebel

      Thanks for posting that before I was forced to. –I sometimes get the verbs mixed up.

  • Spatchcocked

    I agree….Sowell and McCarthy surprised me. Will wait till I read their essays though.

  • John

    The entire establishment is out to get the guy He’s probably hated more by Republicans than by Democrats

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    This is why I love Trump.
    He has outed every fraud and poser connected with politics in the western hemisphere.
    Now, it is possible to not like Trump and still be a good person, but none of those hucksters at NRO qualify.
    He is the world altering extinction asteroid that we have all been praying for.

    • Clink9

      He is the only US politician to talk out loud about the greatest threat to North America.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Trump presents himself as a patriotic problem-solving pragmatist. That is enough for my favor.

    • simus1

      Trump has a more colourful connection with Canada than Cruz.
      Cruz was just born here.
      The accumulation of capital that underpinned the earliest very successful Trump family ventures into New York real estate were said to have been the result of a forebear providing Klondike Gold Rush participants in the Yukon with some of the most hospitable and friendly saloons around.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The NRO is a disappointment these days.

  • Brett_McS

    Mark Steyn gets it. Probably why he doesn’t write for NR any more.