Scathing manifesto revealed; 22 conservatives make their case ‘Against Trump’

Almost two dozen well-known conservative voices have banded together to stop what they see as an emergence of faux conservatism exemplified in the message of the Republican presidential front-runner Donald J. Trump.

In a special Friday edition of “National Review,” the country’s oldest and most influential magazine of conservative thought, conservatives such as RedState’s Erick Erickson and “The Weekly Standard’s” William Kristol penned essays indicating why they are “Against Trump,” the issue’s title.

“Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot on behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as The Donald himself,” an editorial accompanying the essays in the issue says, according to The Hill.

Other conservatives contributing to the conversation include Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, The Blaze’s Glenn Beck and Dana Loesch, and “Townhall’s” Katie Pavlich and Thomas Sowell.

Many of the essayists couldn’t help but draw a parallel between Trump and the current commander-in-chief. Renowned economist Thomas Sowell wrote:

What is even more remarkable is that, after seven years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor.

 

And this by Mark Helprin:

Forget even his raging egomania, matched only by Obama’s, which the president sometimes tries to conceal beneath a laughably transparent gossamer of false modesty.

Like Obama, he is astoundingly ignorant…

He doesn’t know the Constitution, history, law, political philosophy, nuclear strategy, diplomacy, defense, economics beyond real estate, or even, despite his low-level-mafioso comportment, how ordinary people live. But trumping all this is a greater flaw presented as his chief strength.

 

National Review editor Rich Lowry appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” Thursday and explained the reasoning behind their effort.

“If you truly are a conservative, you believe in ideas and principles,” he told host Megyn Kelly. “It’s limited government, it’s the Constitution, it’s liberty. Those are the things that truly make this country special. And those are basically afterthoughts to Donald Trump.”

He also pointed out Trump’s inconsistent record on “big, hot-button defining issues like abortion, gun control, taxes and even immigration.”

Watch the interview via Fox News.

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