The 19 Best Lines From Leading Conservatives Who Boldly Went ‘Against Trump’

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On Thursday night, conservative publication National Review, announced a bombshell on FOX News’ The Kelly File, declaring that 22 leading conservatives had banned together to stop Donald Trump’s populous, non-conservative freight train, all endorsing a manifesto entitled, “Against Trump.”

The 22 leading conservative voices, literally covering the full spectrum of conservatism, from constitutionalists and grassroots tea partiers, libertarians, Reaganites, to national security conservatives and even a small number of establishment conservatives thrown in the mix.

While each of the 22 conservatives “Against Trump” issued bold and powerful statements against the bombastic billionaire and reality TV star, their right and duty, not enough have read them in their entirety.

Therefore, as a public service, we have condensed what we felt were some of the most compelling statements by the group, in hopes that it may compel some to read them in full, which you can do on National Review HERE.

GLENN BECK – (leading conservative radio host, founder of The Blaze, and best-selling author):

“Over the years, there have been endless fractures in the façade of individual freedom, but three policies provided the fuel that lit the tea-party fire: the stimulus, the auto bailouts, and the bank bailouts.

Barack Obama supported all three. So did Donald Trump.” 

DAVID BOAZ – (executive vice president of the Cato Institute):

“Equally troubling is his idea of the presidency—his promise that he’s the guy, the man on a white horse, who can ride into Washington, fire the stupid people, hire the best people, and fix everything. He doesn’t talk about policy or working with Congress. He’s effectively vowing to be an American Mussolini, concentrating power in the Trump White House and governing by fiat. It’s a vision to make the last 16 years of executive abuse of power seem modest.”

BRENT BOZELL – (president of Media Research Center, which includes CNS News, Newsbusters and MRC-TV. Chairman of ForAmerica):

“A real conservative walks with us. Ronald Reagan read National Review and Human Events for intellectual sustenance; spoke annually to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Young Americans for Freedom, and other organizations to rally the troops; supported Barry Goldwater when the GOP mainstream turned its back on him; raised money for countless conservative groups; wrote hundreds of op-eds; and delivered even more speeches, everywhere championing our cause.

Until he decided to run for the GOP nomination a few months ago, Trump had done none of these things, perhaps because he was too distracted publicly raising money for liberals such as the Clintons; championing Planned Parenthood, tax increases, and single-payer health coverage; and demonstrating his allegiance to the Democratic party. We conservatives should support the one candidate who walks with us.”

MONA CHAREN – (senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center):

“Is Trump a liberal? Who knows? He played one for decades — donating to liberal causes and politicians (including Al Sharpton) and inviting Hillary Clinton to his (third) wedding. Maybe it was all a game, but voters who care about conservative ideas and principles must ask whether his recent impersonation of a conservative is just another role he’s playing.

When a con man swindles you, you can sue—as many embittered former Trump associates who thought themselves ill used have done. When you elect a con man, there’s no recourse.”

BEN DOMENECH – (publisher of The Federalist):

“The case for constitutional limited government is the case against Donald Trump. To the degree we take him at his word — understanding that Trump is a negotiator whose positions are often purposefully deceptive — what he advocates is a rejection of our Madisonian inheritance and an embrace of Barack Obama’s authoritarianism.”

ERICK ERICKSON – (radio talk show host, founder of RedState.com and editor of The Resurgent):

“Nonetheless, I will not be voting for Donald Trump in the primary. I take my conservatism seriously, and I also take Saint Paul seriously. In setting out the qualifications for overseers, or bishops, Saint Paul admonished Timothy, “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer . . . he must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:1,6). I think this is also true of political leaders, including those within the conservative movement.”

STEVEN F. HAYWARD – (Ronald Reagan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University):

“The president will need to be bold in challenging the runaway power and reach of his own branch, against the fury of the bureaucracy itself, its client groups, and the media. This boldness is necessary to restore the restraint that a republican executive should have in our constitutional order.

Trump exhibits no awareness of this supreme constitutional task.”

MARK HELPRIN – (American novelist, conservative commentator, Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute):

“A diet, caffeine-free Marxist (really, the only thing wrong with being a Marxist is being a Marxist); a driven, leftist crook; and an explosive, know-nothing demagogue — all are competing to see who can be even more like Mussolini than is Obama. But in the caudillo department, surpassing even our own Evita, the Donald wins.”

WILLIAM KRISTOL – (editor of The Weekly Standard):

“Isn’t Trumpism a two-bit Caesarism of a kind that American conservatives have always disdained? “

YUVAL LEVIN – (contributing editor of National Review, editor of National Affairs):

“Why is it unconscionable for Ted Cruz to take and repay a loan from Goldman Sachs to help win a tough Senate race but acceptable for Donald Trump to take money from George Soros? Why is vetting Trump, as we do any other candidate, considered “bashing”? Aren’t these fair questions?”

DANA LOESCH (radio host at The Blaze, author of new book coming this spring, “Flyover Nation”):

“Why is it unconscionable for Ted Cruz to take and repay a loan from Goldman Sachs to help win a tough Senate race but acceptable for Donald Trump to take money from George Soros? Why is vetting Trump, as we do any other candidate, considered “bashing”? Aren’t these fair questions?”

ANDREW MCCARTHY – (former chief assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted terrorism cases and contributing editor of National Review):

“Donald Trump does not have a clue about any of this, careening wildly from vows to stay out of the fray (leaving it in Vladimir Putin’s nefarious hands) to promises that the earth will be indiscriminately scorched. The threat against us has metastasized in our eighth year under a president who quite consciously appeases the enemy. But the remedy is not a president oblivious of the enemy.”

DAVID MCINTOSH – (president of The Club for Growth):

“Donald Trump does not have a clue about any of this, careening wildly from vows to stay out of the fray (leaving it in Vladimir Putin’s nefarious hands) to promises that the earth will be indiscriminately scorched. The threat against us has metastasized in our eighth year under a president who quite consciously appeases the enemy. But the remedy is not a president oblivious of the enemy.”

MICHAEL MEDVED – (radio talk show host, author):

“The Left tried to smear Ronald Reagan in such terms but failed miserably because he displayed none of the stereotypical traits. In contrast, Trump is the living, breathing, bellowing personification of all the nasty characteristics Democrats routinely ascribe to Republicans.”

ED MEESE – (former Reagan attorney general, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus at The Heritage Foundation):

“At a time when the nation is suffering under one of the most divisive and incompetent presidents in history, our people need positive, unifying leadership, not negative, destructive political rhetoric.”

RUSSELL MOORE – (president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention):

“One also cannot help but look at the personal life of the billionaire. It is not just that he has abandoned one wife after another for a younger woman, or that he has boasted about having sex with some of the “top women of the world.” It’s that he says, after all that, that he has no need to seek forgiveness.

At the same time, Trump has made millions off a casino industry that, as social conservatives have rightly argued, not only exploits personal vice but destroys families.”

KATIE PAVLICH – (best-selling author, editor at Townhall):

“Given the high stakes both at home and abroad, America cannot afford to elect a man who is not rooted in conservatism. And Donald Trump, a political con man who sympathizes with hit man Vladimir Putin and “Republicans” such as Charlie Crist, manifestly is not.  

Trump has made a living out of preying on and bullying society’s most vulnerable, with the help of government. He isn’t an outsider, but rather an unelected politician of the worst kind. He admits that he’s bought off elected officials in order get his way and to openly abuse the system.”

THOMAS SOWELL – (economist, author, columnist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University):

“In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one—Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after seven years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor.”

CAL THOMAS – (nationally syndicated USA Today columnist and FOX News contributor):

“Anger is not policy. Trump channels a lot of the righteous (and some of the unrighteous) anger of voters and sees the solution as himself. Isn’t a narcissist what we currently have in the White House?”

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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