In the Crosshairs: National Review’s Manifesto against Donald Trump

I’ve just read through the essays “Conservatives against Trump” in the National Review  and I must say that if you believe what these conservative elitists are saying, you would think that Donald J. Trump is the Antichrist incarnate or the Beast of Revelation.

The essays in the National Review are laced with nothing but vitriol towards Mr. Trump, so much so that it would make even the worst liberal hack green with envy. Nevertheless, the self-proclaimed apostles of conservatism decided to emulate the tactics and language of the very people and groups they claim to be against, namely Barack Obama and liberal Democrats.

Saul Alinsky wrote in his book Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals that “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” I wouldn’t think that any of the conservative elites consider Saul Alinsky as one of their heroes, but none of them, except for maybe Glenn Beck and one other, had any hesitation whatsoever in heaping volleys of ridicule upon Mr. Trump as illustrated in the following quotes:

David Boaz – “He’s effectively vowing to be an American Mussolini, concentrating power in the Trump White House and governing by fiat.”

L. Brent Bozell III – “Trump might be the greatest charlatan of them all.”

Mona Charen – “The man has demonstrated an emotional immaturity bordering on personality disorder, and it ought to disqualify him from being a mayor, to say nothing of a commander-in-chief.”

“A pinball is more predictable.”

Erick Erickson – “Like the angels in heaven who rejoice for every new believer, we should rejoice for Donald Trump’s conversion to conservatism.”

Mark Helprin – “Forget hair like the tinsel on discarded Christmas trees.”

“…he has like a tapeworm invaded the schismatically weakened body of the Republican party…like Allah in Islamic theology, he is whatever he pleases to be at the moment, the only principle being the triumph of his will.”

“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.”

William Kristol – “In sum: Isn’t Trumpism a two-bit Caesarism of a kind that American conservatives have always disdained…”

Michael B. Mukasey – “…we will need a president who summons our strength with a reality-based strategic vision, not one who summons applause with tantrums and homicidal fantasies.

R. Reno – “Our nation’s solidarity is being tested. It will only make things worse if we go Trumpster diving.”

Thomas Sowell – “A shoot-from-the-hip, bombastic showoff is the last thing we need or can afford.”

Cal Thomas – “Trump might also be compared to Elmer Gantry, the fictional evangelist who used religion to mask his dark side.”

Yep, with conservatives like that who needs liberal, progressive Democrats? And here is a prime example of what happens when you don’t suck up to the media and political elites; whether Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal.

David Boaz, one of the contributors, wrote “Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign. Scapegoating? Really? The Democrats would be proud to have David Boaz on their team of race-baiters. Obviously David Boaz doesn’t have access to newspapers, TV or the internet because he is totally oblivious to what is going on in the world. I guess he’s never heard of Kate Steinle or the shootings in San Bernardino. Securing our border with Mexico isn’t about not liking or hating Hispanics, it’s about enforcing our immigration laws and keeping criminal and terrorist elements out. In case David Boaz hasn’t heard yet, there are many followers of Islam who have declared war on Western civilization. Isn’t it prudent for Mr. Trump to suggest a moratorium on immigration from Muslim countries? Is Mr. Trump’s proposals purely based on religious preferences or do they line up with the realities of the world we live in?

Thanks to David Boaz, Mark Helprin, William Kristol, and Cal Thomas, Mr. Trump has been compared to Mussolini, Hitler, the Godfather, Caesar, and Elmer Gantry. Is anyone buying any of this garbage? Based on many polls and judging from attendance at his rallies, there are many voters (hopefully) who like Mr. Trump because they believe he is a strong man or leader, not because they think he is a strongman.

So, should ideological conservatives, and evangelicals for that matter, support Donald Trump? Well, we’ve had eight years of Ronald Reagan and abortion hasn’t been overturned. We’ve also had eight years of George W. Bush and abortion still hasn’t been overturned—the Constitution, Congress and the Supreme Court always get in the way. Would electing another ideological conservative make any difference? Someone like Ted Cruz could capture the evangelical, conservative vote, but is that enough the win the presidency?

Barack Obama was elected to two terms as president. How could that have happened if the majority of Americans wanted a far-right, conservative candidate? I think Ann Coulter said it best, “In another few years, the whole country will be California and no Republican will win another national election.”1 The demographics in America have changed and they now favor the Democrats over the Republicans.

Evangelicals need to be wary of smooth talkers. Haven’t we had enough of polite, milquetoast, politicians who cave in and apologize every time they’re challenged or attacked by the media, pundits, and the political opposition? Haven’t we had enough of career politicians with their law degrees from elitist schools? The elites have nothing but contempt for ordinary people anyway. After all, an outsider presidential candidate is not without honor except within his own political party and among his own party elite. (Matt. 13:57) Isn’t it about time for a president from a different background?

Ted Cruz is probably the favorite candidate amongst evangelicals because he said “Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I’m just saying.”2 Ted Cruz can criticize Donald Trump for being from New York but the “consistent conservative” was born in Canada, a country that is “notoriously liberal.” Evangelicals need to remember that Trump is not trying to be pastor of a church, he’s running for President of the United States. I hope evangelical voters can remember that. In a way, Ted Cruz may be right, not a lot of conservatives have come from New York but some of the best ones have like Michael Savage.

Michael Savage said that the best platform for a candidate to run on is “Borders, Language, and Culture.”3 I believe Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan encapsulates those very things. Is there anyone who doesn’t agree that Mr. Trump is for securing our borders and dealing with illegal immigration?

Michael Savage has said that we need a “street fighter to fight against what’s coming.” Dr. Savage recognizes it and so does Mr. Trump. But that sentiment has not resonated well with everyone particularly Megyn Kelly at Fox News of all places. Megyn Kelly started the feud with Donald Trump during the first Republican Debate with her “war on women” question, or more accurately an accusation, almost right out of the gate. I was even embarrassed by her question so I can understand Mr. Trump’s feelings. The rift between them has not gone away as evidenced by the fact that Mr. Trump refused to participate in the latest Iowa debate because Megyn Kelly was selected as one of the moderators again.

As Tina Fey almost single-handedly brought down Sarah Palin and won the election for Barack Obama in 2008; now it seems that Megyn Kelly could be the only one to bring down Donald Trump. We’ll have to wait and see.

I’m an evangelical, a veteran, an American, and a voter, and I support Donald J. Trump for president.

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  1. “Coulter: I Got 30 Million Reasons,” Ann Coulter, Human Events, July 3, 2013,

  2. “Cruz Is Wrong and Trump Is Right: New York Has a Long History of Conservatives,” Grant Burningham,, January 14, 2016,