VIDEO: D'Souza Says National Review Won't Dent Trump's Real Support

Originally published at the Newsmax by Bill Hoffmann.

National Review’s scathing indictment of Donald Trump will do very little to dissuade most Republicans from supporting him for the GOP presidential nomination, conservative pundit and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza tells Newsmax TV.

“I don’t think this is going to dent Trump’s real support,” D’Souza said Friday on “The Steve Malzberg Show.”

“What it will do probably is ostracize Trump a little bit more within the intellectual ranks of the Republican Party, but those intellectual ranks are a small part of the overall strength of the party.”

D’Souza also suggested that National Review — founded in 1955 by William F. Buckley and an influential voice for conservative news and commentary — should be going after the Republican elite instead of Trump, who remains the GOP presidential front-runner.

“We have a mystery, which is here you have a Republican Party and by and large its activists are conservative. How is it possible that a man who betrays the fundamental principles of conservatism is leading in the polls?” D’Souza said.

“Ultimately the problem would not seem to be with Trump, it would seem to be with the Republicans who support Trump. So National Review in a sense is being a little weak in not attacking them because they’d be attacking their own constituency, their own readers.”

D’Souza said there are three reasons for Trump’s broad-based appeal.

“Number one, he’s the most politically incorrect man in America. That’s appealing. The other Republicans always seem to hold a little back, Trump holds nothing back. Number two, he’s a Republican candidate for president who’s not scared of being rich. Really important,” he said.

“Look at [Mitt] Romney, who is like so defensive about making money. He allowed the Obama attacks to wear him down. Trump [says], ‘I’m rich, in fact I’m richer than you think and I’m proud of it.’ Very positive.

“The third thing is that Trump is willing to go where other Republicans aren’t. I mean people feel like if Trump is elected, he’ll lift up all the stones and the Obama administration look under them. We’ll find out all the stuff that’s been going on behind closed doors. The other Republicans won’t do that.”

D’Souza said Trump “ultimately represents a certain upping of the ante.”

“And we’re at a moment where the American Dream is precarious. We need a guy to sort of take it to the next level,” he said.

Still, D’Souza added, National Review’s monster rant — its entire issue is devoted to the arguments of 22 well known conservatives as to why Trump must not be elected — is good for the debate.

“It is good for intellectual conservatives to weigh in on this. Their points are not entirely invalid. Also, National Review historically has had a role of, you may say, policing the right. Even in Buckley’s day,” he said.

“There was a John Birch Society, there were people who were anti-Semitic while claimed to be conservative and Buckley saw it as his job to say the fence is drawn over here, you’re on the outside of the fence.

“So they’re trying to play a little bit of that historical role, but of course the circumstances are quite different.”

But D’Souza doubts National Review would have done the same hit job on Sen. Cruz of Texas, who is Trump’s closest rival going into the upcoming primaries, and whom some Republicans consider more extreme than the billionaire developer.

“Cruz is an intellectual guy. I don’t think National Review would say those things about Cruz they said about Trump. But, there is a common denominator … They are the two ultimate outsiders of the Republican Party because Cruz has alienated much of the establishment,” he said.

“Trump is no member of the establishment. So there’s not a secret that the inner inside guys are doing really poorly. Ben Carson was doing pretty well, even though he came out of nowhere. So this should be a real message to the RNC that you guys have messed things up very badly.

“It should be a real message to the Republican Congress, you’ve been in charge for the last couple of years, what have you done?”

In his characteristic take-no-prisoners style, Trump has fired back at National Review on Twitter, calling it “a failing publication that has lost its way. Its circulation is way down [with] its influence being at an all-time low. Sad!”

D’Souza, who produced the 2014 documentary America is author of the new book, Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party, published by Broadside.

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  • Lisalisa says:

    January 24, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    We the people decide. You the media reports the news.

  • Patricia says:

    January 24, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Well said Dinesh D’Souza!!! I read your book, “AMERICA, Imagine a World Without Her” and I loved it.

  • suzanne cruz says:

    January 24, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    I have always liked the National Review, I just recently watched Best of Enemies. , Gore Vidal is the spokesperson for the devil, no longer in the shadows but blatantly promoting illicit and immoral behavior accusing Buckley and Americans that think a sense of propriety is best, as uptight and close minded. The movie is about the blatant beginning of the culture wars. Was this the beginning of the National Review and its reason for its existence? I have recently been disgusted with the magazine as a Dr. Ben Carson supporter and volunteer I think they have really deviated from the larger picture and Buckley’s original intent with the magazine.

  • Joanne says:

    January 24, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Trump has NO class, NO truly held convictions. Cruz at least has lived his convictions despite the party. I grant you are correct when you lay the blame on the party, they too no longer have any real convictions that they will stand behind.

    • Loral O says:

      January 29, 2016 at 5:41 PM

      Joanne. You are on the same trail as I. I was for Trump because he was not establishment, but now I’m seeing his real personality and it’s pretty bad. He is quick to pass judgment and say horrible things about anyone who isn’t right behind him. He would do that to all Americans who question his moves IF he is in our White house too. He was quoted as saying: When he is President he will get what he wants, EVEN IF he has to go outside the law………..Haven’t we had enough of that??? Cruz gets my vote.

  • Holly says:

    January 24, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Donald is a big government liberal in disguise. He even supports single payer health care! D’Souza if you’re supporting Donald, you’ve lost my respect. BenCarson2016

  • George E. says:

    January 24, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    The question for me is not why are conservatives supporting Trump, but will Trump make a good conservative President? Conservatives have just about gone ballistic after having to suffer through the past 7 years of Obama’s incompetence and misguided socialist/fascist policies/practices with a compliant main stream media and Republican establishment. That explains to me why conservatives might be willing to reach out to someone like Trump with all his “warts”. It seems to me that there is a lot of “hope” in this desperate decision. But, will Trump nominate reliably conservative Justices when several replacements are required on the Supreme Court or will he simply nominate Justices that will easily get approved in the Senate, moderate or liberal though they may be? To me, this will be one of the most important things the next President will do, and something that will impact our lives for many years to come.

  • Allen says:

    January 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Ultimately the problem would not seem to be with Trump, it would seem to be with the Republicans who support Trump. So National Review in a sense is being a little weak in not attacking them because they’d be attacking their own constituency, their own readers.”

    The Trumpkins do not read National Review by and large would be my guess. We are dealing with supporters who cannot control their life angst and for some off-putting reason Trump appeals to these people. Trump would turn into a bag of hammers if pressed on a constitutional quandary so what will he do? Have “people?” This is nonsense. Our current President has “people” and look where that has gotten us. Trump will dismantle the constitution to serve his own needs as a business person so from Trump’s perspective he wants to be President to lube the skids going forward for his own self-gain. In my opinion.

  • Chris says:

    January 29, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    This whole Trump phenomenon is a real concern to me personally. I realized 3 years ago when Republicans did not turn out to vote for Mitt Romney, whom, IMHO, was one of the most highly qualified candidates to ever run for President, that I might be voting for a third party candidate in the next election. Mr. Trump has admitted participating in the wholesale corruption going on in Washington, why would he be different once in office? If you think the Clintons got rich in office, think how rich Mr. Trump could become….
    I am grateful that he chose to run though. His completely non-politically correct behavior is very refreshing and has energized the Republican candidates in a very real way.

  • tom says:

    January 29, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Why hasn’t Obama been impeached. He’s done more illegally than Clinton and Nixon? Trump is forcing the politicians to face the issues. Rather than run the country those individuals are wasting our time and letting the democrats destroy the Country.That includes the republicans. Is the TSA Obama’s private army? Is Kelly of Fox a leftist plant?

  • Ross Tatam says:

    January 31, 2016 at 2:36 AM

    As an observer in far off Australia I am concerned that if even half of the comments in the National Review are true, the election of Donald Trump as President would be a disaster. I am a supporter of a mixture of conservative and libertarian values which I try to submit to an overarching Biblical authority. I am not following these events closely but it seems to me that when critics who generally support the Republican Party come out in such numbers and with such fundamental criticisms, there is something wrong. Please enlighten me. After every election since Reagan I am slowly losing hope in the US as the great beacon of liberty and freedom I once did.

    Regards, Ross Tatam