For 65 years National Review magazine has been the authoritative voice of political conservatives. Today the editors of the influential publication excoriated Donald Trump for what it described as a “disgraceful endgame.”
Noting that it took Trump until last week to say that he would leave office when he loses the Electoral College vote on Dec. 14 it wrote, “This is not the kind of assurance presidents of the United States typically need to make, but it was noteworthy given Trump’s disgraceful conduct since losing his bid for reelection to Joe Biden on November 3.”
The editors describe Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the election as the “petulant refusal of one man to accept the verdict of the American people” and “trying to find something, anything to support the president’s aggrieved feelings, rather than objectively considering the evidence and reacting as warranted.”
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The magazine, founded by conservative thought leader William F. Buckley, Jr., even took note of Trump’s incessant tweeting about the election results: “It’s hard to find much that is remotely true in the president’s Twitter feed these days. It is full of already-debunked claims and crackpot conspiracy theories about Dominion voting systems. Flawed and dishonest assertions like this pollute the public discourse and mislead good people who make the mistake of believing things said by the president of the United States.”
The idea that the Trump’s “elite strike force” legal team headed up by Rudy Giuliani is going to convince the Supreme Court to invalidate millions of ballots is “fantastical,” the editors wrote.
But the magazine had the harshest criticism for the president’s efforts to pressure local Republican officials in several states to block certification of votes. “It’s a profoundly undemocratic move that we hope no losing presidential candidate ever even thinks of again.”
National Review’s rebuke of Trump is notable because it represents a 360 degree shift in its views on him. Prior to the 2016 election the magazine called Trump “a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP” and urged readers not to support him. Once he won the election the magazine jumped aboard the Trump train and stayed that course – until today.
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