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THE LINE IN THE SAND
National Review took a stand last week with a courageous editorial titled "Against Trump," calling the presidential candidate a "philosophically unmoored political opportunist" who will do conservatism no favors—and likely a great deal of damage—if he wins the GOP nomination.
The publication founded by William F. Buckley has a message for anyone furious with National Review for calling Trump "a menace to American conservatism":
National Review: National Review, Donald Trump, and Moral Bank Accounts
NR ISN'T STANDING ALONE
The Washington Examiner announced Tuesday that all of its editorials this week will analyze Trump's political positions, saying, "Conservatives need to weigh Trump's history and record, and realize he is not one of them."
Through Friday, the publication plans to examine Trump's conflicts with conservatism, including his disregard for religious freedom and unnerving sudden conversions to key conservative tenets like the sanctity of life and the importance of the Second Amendment.
Trump does not share a commitment to property rights that lies at the heart of what originally made America great. He defends to this day his own well-documented use of government power to expropriate the property of others.
Trump has only recently embraced most of the conservative-sounding positions he claims to hold dear. It's true that no movement thrives without converts, but Trump's radical conversions on gun rights (he supported gun control until recently), abortion (he opposed even a ban on partial-birth abortion), taxes and even his signature immigration issue seem to have come conveniently close to the election which he is now contesting.
Meanwhile, his choreographed and very deliberate promise to create a registry for all Muslims in America is utterly at odds with the principle of religious freedom for which conservatives have fought with vigor, especially in recent years.
Washington Examiner: Be wary of Trump, conservatives, be wary
PRO-LIFE LEADERS: 'MR. TRUMP CANNOT BE TRUSTED'
Ten leaders of pro-life groups have banded together to urge Iowa voters to support "anyone but Trump." In a letter, they reminded voters that plenty of other GOP candidates have "proven records of pro-life leadership."
Trump described himself in 1999 as "pro-choice in every respect" but has since detailed his change of heart; however, the pro-life leaders point to both his pro-abortion record and his misogyny toward women as evidence that he cannot be trusted.
A few more bites:
“Like, I literally want to make a list that we hand to media outlets that says, like, ‘These are the words you can’t use when describing a female candidate.'" - Lena Dunham has a list of words she thinks should be censored from stories about Hillary Clinton, via National Review
“We will raise taxes, yes we will." Via The Hill, Bernie Sanders vows to save voters money ... by raising their taxes.
"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." Donald Trump at a campaign rally, via CNN