Washington Times and Breitbart columnist Charles Hurt reacts to the the cover story of this week's National Review: Conservatives Against Trump.
The story features conservatives of various stripes (including Glenn Beck, Thomas Sowell, and Brent Bozell) explaining why Donald Trump's "shoot-from-the-hip, bombastic showoff" personality is the "last thing we need as president."
Appearing on Thursday night's The Kelly File, Charles Hurt wonders where the "unified conservative outrage" was when Congress passed the bank bailouts, or when President Bush led us to war in Iraq, or over immigration reform.
CHARLES HURT: I don't really see how it is going to be that effective, because most of the people out there supporting Donald Trump so jubilantly right now, are not reading the National Review or the Wall Street Journal editorial page, or any of these other publications that are held in such high regard around here.
But I have to say, I get that they're making these arguments, it is good, I applaud that, but my goodness, when you look at the policies, many of which came from conservatives for years out of Washington. Why didn't they have any outrage over that?
Where was this unified conservative outrage over the bank bailout in 2008? Where is the unified conservative outrage over launching a trillion-plus dollar war paid for with nothing but debt, where is the outrage over Republican politicians who come along and supported amnesty?
MEGYN KELLY: This is some of the stuff that fuels, in a large part, Trump's candidacy.
Trump responded last night with a series of bittertweets:
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
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
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