The Republican National Committee has now booted both of its media partners for the February 26 Republican presidential debate in Houston, Texas. The reason for the drastic punishment: Daring to offend Donald Trump.
After the editors of the conservative National Review published their “Against Trump Symposium” Thursday night, the party swiftly moved to sanction the magazine, stripping it of it’s media partnership for the pre-Super Tuesday debate on CNN. A debate they were to share co-hosting duties with Telemundo and Salem Radio Network.
But then National Review editor Rich Lowry corralled “22 prominent conservative thinkers,” including The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol, RedState’s Erick Erickson and The Blaze’s Glenn Beck, for a collection of essays assailing the dominant Republican frontrunner.
Of course it's easy to guess how Trump responded to all of this.Here are the 22 conservatives calling out @realdonaldtrump in a special edition of @NRO https://t.co/4qhYjjDUsI pic.twitter.com/hvmCnfrtfy— Independent Journal (@INJO) January 22, 2016
National Review is a failing publication that has lost it's way. It's circulation is way down w its influence being at an all time low. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2016
Actually I'm pretty sure that if William F. Buckley were alive today he would have his hands firmly around Donald Trump's chubby neck and would be attempting to choke the life out of him.The late, great, William F. Buckley would be ashamed of what had happened to his prize, the dying National Review!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2016
Okay what does it mean that the RNC is now punishing news outlets for irritating the Donald?
Have they simply given up and reconciled themselves to the fact that he is going to be their candidate in 2016?