Recently the Trump campaign reached out to National Review, whose “Against Trump” edition galvanized the #NeverTrump movement, seeking input in compiling a list of possible Supreme Court nominees. It was just one example of Trump attempting to mend fences, or at least establish contact, with his most determined detractors as he tries to consolidate support as the Republican presidential nominee.
“I don’t know if I’m making news here,” National Review’s Jonah Goldberg said on Fox News Wednesday. “[Trump] also reached out to ‘National Review,’ a magazine that’s been pretty critical of him, asking for judges.”
Goldberg did not offer more details. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review would not say how the magazine responded, and declined to comment at all except to say that Goldberg’s statement on Fox was correct.
On Friday morning, one of the most vocal #NeverTrumpers of all, Wisconsin conservative radio host Charlie Sykes, announced that Trump had sent him a handwritten, conciliatory note. The note was a copy of the New York Times with an article about formerly anti-Trump conservatives coming around to supporting Trump. Trump had written, “Charlie — I hope you can change your mind. Look forward to doing your show.” After the signature, Trump added, “I WILL WIN!”