Magazine March 28, 2016, Issue

Never Trump

(Roman Genn)
Politics and principle alike provide reasons to oppose him

Donald Trump’s defenders have taken to arguing that his critics are endangering the Republican party. “I’m used to being the moral scold,” Bill Bennett told the Washington Post, “but Trump is winning fair and square, so why should the nomination be grabbed from him? We’ve been trying to get white working-class people into the party for a long time. Now they’re here in huge numbers because of Trump and we’re going to alienate them? I don’t get it. Too many people are on their high horse.”

Rush Limbaugh, on Fox News Sunday, made a similar point:

For the longest time, the Republican

To Read the Full Story
Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Never Trump

Donald Trump’s defenders have taken to arguing that his critics are endangering the Republican party. “I’m used to being the moral scold,” Bill Bennett told the Washington Post, “but Trump ...
Politics & Policy

Beyond the Wall

Mexico has been at the heart of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign from the very start. When Trump first announced that he would be seeking the Republican presidential nomination, in ...
Politics & Policy

Freedom U

Guatemala City — For years, people have said to me, “It’s too good to be true. But it is true. It actually exists.” These people are classical liberals, or Reagan ...

Features

Politics & Policy

NASCAR Nation

I was still in New York City when the sputtering began. “You?” a friend of mine asked, earnestly. “You are going to do that?” “Why not?” I inquired. “Well, y’know. I wouldn’t have ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Inside the Master

The autobiographical works of Henry James (1843–1916) are from the Master’s later period, and we all know what that means: The style is ornate, and reading it is no picnic. James ...

Sections

Happy Warrior

O.J. Trumps Trump

Something surreal happened a few days back. The cable news networks all cut away from the political horse race and their current ratings cash cow, Donald Trump, to focus on ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

My Friend Florence I’d like to express my thanks to John O’Sullivan for his honest and insightful tribute to my dear old friend Florence King, who died recently after a long ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We wish Trump talked this much about the size of his government. ‐ Did the Founding Fathers talk about penises come election time? Pretty close, actually. Thomas Jefferson’s 1804 reelection ...
The Long View

Dear Mrs. Reagan:

We were delighted to welcome you to the Heavenly Paradise Above, and we hope that the past few days have been an easy transition for you. Your reunion with your ...
Athwart

Trump’s Golden Ticket

Don’t worry, this won’t be as dorky as it sounds. Nerdy, perhaps, but not so dorky. In the fifth Star Trek movie – Hey, come back! Sit down, don’t worry. This ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

36 WEST PITMAN What witches, what magicians, but . . . they needed Sixty years — the slowest sleight of hand On record. Did they fail to understand We were sufficiently distracted on Our own ...

Recommended

The Latest