RNC Disinvites National Review From Sponsoring Debate

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jan 22, 2016 11:46 AM
RNC Disinvites National Review From Sponsoring Debate

After National Review released its Against Trump issue, featuring a collection of essays by prominent conservatives (including Townhall's Katie Pavlich) opposed to the selection of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, the Republican National Committee has disinvited the magazine as a partner of the February 25 debate.

A statement from National Review publisher called the disinvitation a "small price to pay" for speaking out against Trump's campaign and tactics.

National Review was asked by the RNC to partner in the GOP debates. We agreed. Our initial partner was NBC, with whom we were to help moderate the pre–Super Tuesday debate, originally to be held on February 26 in Houston, then suspended by the RNC in retribution over the antics of CNBC moderators in its now infamous debate last month. A new main host was picked this week — CNN. National Review was to partner, along with Salem Radio and Telemundo, the debate rescheduled for February 25.

Tonight, a top official with the RNC called me to say that National Review was being disinvited. The reason: Our “Against Trump“ editorial and symposium. We expected this was coming. Small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald.

The debate will still be sponsored by Salem Radio, Telemundo, and CNN. The debate will be held in Houston, TX.