Well…the GOP’s gloves have officially come off against Trump and Trump is fighting back. What do you think?
An American conservative magazine found itself disinvited from co-sponsoring a presidential primary debate Thursday night after it published an entire issue devoted to tearing down Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Speaking to DailyMail.com during a press conference in Las Vegas, Trump dismissed the 60-year-old publication, National Review, as washed-up and irrelevant.
‘Its circulation is way down. Not very many people read it anymore,’ he said at the Venetian Hotel and Casino before making an appearance on stage at the Outdoor Sportsman Awards, where he accepted the endorsement of ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Willie Robertson.
‘I mean, people don’t even think about the National Review,’ Trump said. ‘So I guess they want to get a little publicity. But you know, it’s a dying paper. It’s pretty much – I’ve gotta tell you David, it’s pretty much of a dead paper.’
Rich Lowry, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, said via email that the move by the Republican National Committee to ban it from participating in a February 25 debate in Houston, Texas, was a price he was willing to pay for an editorial that branded The Donald as ‘a philosophically unmoored political opportunist.’
‘We knew we’d raise hackles,’ Lowry told DailyMail.com, ‘but it’s what we’ve been doing for 60 years. It’s not unexpected.’
Lowry appeared Thursday night on the Fox News Channel to break the news of his publication’s special-purpose issue, giving the exclusive to anchor Megyn Kelly – who has crossed swords with The Donald in the past.
Read more: Daily Mail