“Adding insult to injury, Donald Trump just got more popular,” drawled Neil Cavuto of Neil’s World, FOX News, Friday after the National Review tried to shoot Trump down in unified flames of conservative disapproval. Cavuto suggested not only was gunning for Trump a misfire; the desperate shot backfired. The National Review was booted out of their chance to moderate a future CNN debate while Donald Trump would stand tall on the debate podium, with his polls still soaring. For the National Review, it was a one shot chance that they missed.
Among a series of Trump complaints in the article written by conservatives, “Against Trump,” one volley which missed its mark was the assertion that Trump only recently became a supporter of the Second Amendment. Speaking to Megyn Kelly on Thursday night, Trump supporter Roger Stone scoffed at the idea that Trump didn’t “really” support gun rights. Stone added, “There’s only one candidate packing, and I guarantee he’s packing heat right now.” Ironically, all of this was going on the very day Trump was speaking in Vegas during the time more than 62,000 attendees were there for the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel’s 16th annual Outdoor Sportsman Awards, It was for the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Trump warned that Second Amendment rights were in jeopardy to cheers from his throngs of followers.
There’s an old adage that the difference between a major and minor star is a minor star seeks airtime, a major star sells it. There’s no dispute that in politics, Trump has proven himself to be a major star if not the major political star of all time. The cyber-ink was hardly dry on the hit piece featuring no less than 22 conservative pundits giving their reasons conservatives should not vote for Donald Trump when the Republican National Committee notified the opinion magazine that they were officially “dis-invited” as debate moderators. The National Review tried to shrug it off, saying it was a price they were willing to pay. In the meantime, Trump supporters have crossed the 22 pundits off of their trusted source list.
Neil noted that this was yet another win for Donald Trump, noting that Donald Trump would be standing tall on the debate stage while the National Review had blown their chance to be included. Neil further opined that the battle against Donald Trump and his supporters and the elite representatives of conservatives was actually a battle between populists and globalists. The globalists were scared Trump policies would harm global trade while the populists believed Trump’s promise to make a better deal for Americans would increase American jobs.
Charles Hurt, a Drudge Report editor and Washington Times columnist didn’t think the conservative elite’s “unified” effort to thwart Trump would be “all that effective.” Joining Stone in interview on Kelly’s Files, Hurt demanded, ” My goodness, policies out of Washington,” have angered the populace for years, asking, “Where was their ‘unified outrage’ then?”
This morning, after more than a million votes were cast, the Drudge Report announced that Trump won the Drudge “Super Poll” which asked “Who would you pick for president?” Donald Trump was the first presidential choice of over 36.05 percent of those polled. Bernie Sanders came in second at 29.69 percent followed by Ted Cruz at 19.23 percent. Hillary and Jeb Bush, both establishment favorites, tied at one percent.