NY magazine and Trump trade barbs

DES MOINES • An influential conservative magazine has published an editorial urging Republicans to rally against front-running presidential candidate Donald Trump, with Iowa poised to begin the search for a 2016 nominee.

National Review, a New York-based magazine founded in 1955 by famed conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr, drew heavy scorn from Mr Trump, on Twitter and at a Las Vegas news conference, for its issue entitled Against Trump, which was published on Thursday.

"Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP (Republican Party) in favour of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones," National Review said.

Its argument is one that has been made by several of Mr Trump's rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, most notably by former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

But nothing has stopped Mr Trump from seizing control of the race and being in position to win not only Iowa's caucuses on Feb 1 but also New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary on Feb 9.

The issue's cover read "Cage Match - The GOP's Internal Fight" and portrayed a bare-chested, double-chinned Trump, with dollar signs tattooed across his torso, flanked by four less muscular rivals for the Republican crown.

Mr Trump waved off the attack in characteristic fashion.

"The late, great, William F. Buckley would be ashamed of what had happened to his prize, the dying National Review!" he tweeted.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2016, with the headline 'NY magazine and Trump trade barbs'. Print Edition | Subscribe