The publication released the essay on Thursday night, and boy was it a doozy!
Here are some of the best quotes from the article:
On Trump's threat to the GOP
"Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones."
On his often left-leaning stances:
"He and Bernie Sanders have shared more than funky outer-borough accents."
On his immigration plan:
"Trump piles on the absurdity by saying he would re-import many of the illegal immigrants once they had been deported, which makes his policy a poorly disguised amnesty (and a version of a similarly idiotic idea that appeared in one of Washington’s periodic “comprehensive” immigration reforms)."
On his proposals to defeat the so-called Islamic State:
"For someone who wants to project strength, he has an astonishing weakness for flattery, falling for Vladimir Putin after a few coquettish bats of the eyelashes from the Russian thug."
On his not-so-conservative ways:
"His obsession is with “winning,” regardless of the means — a spirit that is anathema to the ordered liberty that conservatives hold dear and that depends for its preservation on limits on government power."
On his lack of political experience:
"He is like a man with no credit history applying for a mortgage — or, in this case, applying to manage a $3.8 trillion budget and the most fearsome military on earth."
On his questionable success as a businessman:
"Few of us will ever have the experience, as Trump did, of having Daddy-O bail out our struggling enterprise with an illegal loan in the form of casino chips."
Greatest closing line ever?:
"Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself."
Trump responded in typical Trump fashion... on Twitter, chastising his critics.
The Republican National Convention decided Thursday night to disinvite the magazine from an upcoming GOP debate.
"We expected this was coming," publisher Jack Fowler said in response. "Small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald."
Read the entire National Review editorial here.