On Thursday evening, National Review unveiled a series of essays titled “Against Trump,” which make the case that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is not the conservative that he claims to be.
In a piece introducing the essays from by leaders of the conservative movement, National Review editors called the businessman “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.”
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush took to Twitter to express his approval.
Welcome to the fight, all. Trump is not a conservative. https://t.co/Fri8reAEx1— Jeb Bush (@Jeb Bush)1453430188.0
But some Twitter users were quick to remind Bush that the conservatives who wrote essays expressing dissatisfaction with the Trump candidacy have been making the case against the billionaire for quite some time — longer than the former Florida governor.
@JebBush Thanks but just for the record, some of us at @NRO were there before you.— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg)1453430396.0
Indeed. Jonah was among the first to have an epic throwdown. Jeb only said a peep after being kicked to Podium #6 https://t.co/bcuVOueknh— Marcus (@Marcus)1453430685.0
His supporters spent all day telling reporters they prefer Trump to Cruz. https://t.co/Bl8WpEXmh7— Phil Kerpen (@Phil Kerpen)1453432578.0
Maybe you should consider spending your money attacking him instead of Marco Rubio. https://t.co/TIGMSQxbW0— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan McLaughlin)1453432414.0
What is your ad spend against Rubio? And Trump? RT @JebBush: Welcome to the fight, all. Trump is not a conservative. https://t.co/88P0x9IS9b— Jimmy (@Jimmy)1453430740.0
You are the last person on Earth who has the standing to make such a claim. https://t.co/kK1Gm5VBdd— Varad Mehta (@Varad Mehta)1453430444.0
Would be good if Jeb's paid TV and his SuperPAC's ads echoed what Jeb has been saying about Trump since July... https://t.co/53q3FzTTd7— Bill Kristol (@Bill Kristol)1453430076.0
Trump and some of his supporters responded to the magazine on Twitter:
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 (@Donald J. Trump)1453435004.0
@JebBush is this a joke? https://t.co/vjXxf5TXCJ— Trevor 🇺🇸 (@Trevor 🇺🇸)1453430609.0
@JebBush I missed you at all the Tea Party rallies Jeb! Where were you?— Nicole4America (@Nicole4America)1453431006.0
But the conservatives were unfazed.
If history is any guide, we only have about 5 more hours of whiny tweets from @realdonaldtrump explaining that @NRO *really* doesn't matter.— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg)1453437624.0
The Republican National Committee has informed the National Review that they are no longer permitted to participate in the upcoming presidential debate in Houston on Feb. 25th due to the editorial.
Just got a call from top GOP official. @NRO disivinited from Houston debate on Feb. 25th becasue of #AgainstTrump. https://t.co/KrPECb1Mwz— Jack Fowler (@Jack Fowler)1453437463.0
The failing @NRO National Review Magazine has just been informed by the Republican National Committee that they cannot participate in debate— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1453472655.0
Who's the establishment candidate now? https://t.co/lkSJXOolL4— Katie Pavlich (@Katie Pavlich)1453438025.0
Townhall's Katie Pavlich was quick to point out that in April Trump told his followers that it was "really important" to support National Review, which he called a "true conservative voice."
Flashback! https://t.co/DiFR2w0iFd— Katie Pavlich (@Katie Pavlich)1453438415.0
.@NRO Really important to save National Review from going out of business. We need a true conservative voice!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1429974820.0