National Review's latest issue calls Republican frontrunner Donald Trump a "philosophically unmoored political opportunist." Trump's response to the flagship conservative magazine is typically pugnacious:
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
Very few people read the National Review because it only knows how to criticize, but not how to lead.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2016
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
In fact, National Review's circulation has been fairly steady — it has about 150,000 subscribers, the same number it had in 1992 (although its circulation has increased substantially and dropped again since then). But, like most political magazines, its success is measured more by its influence than by its circulation.
In that sense, whether the magazine can stop Trump is a big test.