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The National Review's Case Against Trump

The conservative National Review is against Trump. Editor Rich Lowry makes the case.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses as he speaks at a rally at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses as he speaks at a rally at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Are powerful conservatives jumping out the windows as Donald Trump dominates the polls on the eve of Republican primary voting? Yes. In huge letters across the cover of the conservative National Review, this message: “Against Trump.” Read on, and there’s plenty against Ted Cruz too. Top conservatives against the GOP’s frontrunners. What a wild year. This hour On Point, Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, explains why he’s against Trump.

— Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Johnathan Martin, national political correspondent for the New York Times. (@jmartNYT)

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review. (@RichLowry)

Jeffrey Lord, CNN political commentator and contributing editor and columnist at the American Spectator. Also a columnist for Conservative Review and NewsBusters. Former associate political director for President Ronald Reagan. Author of “What America Needs: The Case For Trump.” (@jeffjlpa1)

From Tom’s Reading List

National Review: Against Trump — “Trump’s politics are those of an averagely well-informed businessman: Washington is full of problems; I am a problem-solver; let me at them. But if you have no familiarity with the relevant details and the levers of power, and no clear principles to guide you, you will, like most tenderfeet, get rolled.”

New York Times: As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Soar, G.O.P. Leaders’ Exasperation Grows — “Republican leaders are growing alarmed by the ferocious ways the party’s mainstream candidates for president are attacking one another, and they fear that time is running out for any of them to emerge as a credible alternative to Donald J. Trump or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Leaders of the Republican establishment, made up of elected officials, lobbyists and donors, are also sending a message to the mainstream candidates, such as former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, that they should withdraw from the race if they do not show strength soon.”

American Spectator: Trump-Cruz 2016 — “If Donald Trump wins this nomination, I believe Ted Cruz should be to Trump as George H.W. Bush was to Reagan or Lyndon Johnson was to John F. Kennedy — the runner-up whose base of support is so big and critical to victory that the second spot on the ticket is a political necessity. I’m a supporter — and proudly so — of Donald Trump.”

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