National Review cut from GOP debate after issue critical of Donald Trump

Trump-NROOn Friday, The Hill reported that the conservative outlet National Review was cut from a February 25 debate after publishing an issue dedicated to criticism of media mogul Donald Trump.

The issue, labeled “Against Trump” — featured critical articles from leading conservatives including Glenn Beck, Erick Erickson and Russell Moore, The Hill added.

Trump attacked the magazine on Thursday, calling it a “dying paper.”

He also slammed the outlet on Twitter:

What is it that has the RNC and Trump so upset?

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For starters, the magazine calls Trump a “philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.”

There’s more:

Trump’s political opinions have wobbled all over the lot. The real-estate mogul and reality-TV star has supported abortion, gun control, single-payer health care à la Canada, and punitive taxes on the wealthy. (He and Bernie Sanders have shared more than funky outer-borough accents.) Since declaring his candidacy he has taken a more conservative line, yet there are great gaping holes in it.

And this:

Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.

And that’s just for starters.  The article also calls Trump a “menace” to American conservatism.

RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said that a “debate moderator can’t have a predisposition.”  But publisher Jack Fowler said the moderator would have been fair and balanced.

“We expected this was coming. Small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald,” he said.

Exit question: Will the RNC also cut ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, etc., for their criticism of GOP candidates?


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