Not too long ago, a major Texas newspaper — which has supported every Republican since Goldwater in the 1960s — announced in a vicious editorial that it would not be supporting Trump. In its editorial, the Dallas Morning News pulled no punches and gave no quarter, stating that Trump was “no Republican” and “certainly no conservative,” while emphasizing that he “does not deserve your vote.”
Today, another conservative-leaning newspaper announced that they’d be dumping Trump too — by officially endorsing its first Democratic candidate in nearly a century.
“Pale in comparison”
“Our reservations about Clinton pale in comparison to our fears about Trump,” wrote the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board in their most recent editorial published on Friday, entitled “It Has To Be Hillary Clinton.”
The newspaper is just the latest in a string of newspapers to publish editorials announcing a break with the Republican party or condemnation of Trump, including the Dallas Morning News, the Daily News, the Union Leader, and even the Washington Post. And none of these editorials have been kind to the Teflon Don; the Washington Post, in a separate editorial, called Trump a “unique threat to American democracy.”
And the Cincinnati Enquirer is not unique in this regard. While the paper attacks Clinton for her record on “truth and transparency” — which sounds like tired talking points given Clinton is actually one of the more honest politicians this cycle according to her Politifact rating — it called Trump a “clear and present danger to our country.”
I’m in no position to disagree with that. In their editorial, the board eviscerated Trump for his appeal to white supremacists, the praise he’s heaped on some like Vladimir Putin, and that he attacked military families:
“While Clinton has been relentlessly challenged about her honesty, Trump was the primary propagator of arguably the biggest lie of the past eight years: that Obama wasn’t born in the United States.”
“Trump has played fast and loose with the support of white supremacist groups. He has praised some of our country’s most dangerous enemies – see Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and Saddam Hussein – while insulting a sitting president, our military generals, a Gold Star family and prisoners of war like Sen. John McCain. Of late, Trump has toned down his divisive rhetoric, sticking to carefully constructed scripts and teleprompters. But going two weeks without saying something misogynistic, racist or xenophobic is hardly a qualification for the most important job in the world. Why should anyone believe that a Trump presidency would look markedly different from his offensive, erratic, stance-shifting presidential campaign?”
Meanwhile, the board noted and gave praise to the various things that make Clinton stand out from Trump: her experience, leadership, inclusive campaign, and the efforts on behalf of women’s and children’s rights during her 40 years as a public servant. It also praised her service during her term as the Secretary of State, while taking a potshot at the BENGHAZI!!!! crowd:
“Clinton, meanwhile, was a competent secretary of state, with far stronger diplomatic skills than she gets credit for. Yes, mistakes were made in Benghazi, and it was tragic that four Americans lost their lives in the 2012 terror attacks on the U.S. consulate there. But the incident was never the diabolical conspiracy that Republicans wanted us to believe, and Clinton was absolved of blame after lengthy investigations.”
Telling, though, is the question about Trump they ask near the beginning of their editorial: “Do we really want someone in charge of our military and nuclear codes who has an impulse control problem?”
The proper answer is “no.” That so many Americans are willing to answer “yes,” however, should give everyone pause — and wonder just what the hell is wrong with their fellow countryfolk.
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