I previously outlined how newspapers (like the Arizona Republic), that have never endorsed a Democrat, have stepped forward to endorse Hillary Clinton; while other publications that have never endorsed any candidate (such as USA Today) are also going on record for Secretary Clinton in this election.
As I explained, the newspapers cited
Secretary Clinton’s experience, tenacity and professionalism, they also sound the call that Trump is a “buffoon” who presents a “danger to the Republic”. This is the conservative media speaking warning Republicans and all voters to choose country over party and not go over the abyss with a candidate “who doesn’t grasp our national ideals.”
As outlined below, that trend continues into October, including a scathing rebuke by Foreign Policy in its first ever endorsement.
The list of Trump’s disqualifications is lengthy. And he adds new ones daily. . .
He is a narcissistic, childish bully who has mocked women, Americans with disabilities, veterans, Gold Star families, judges, immigrants, the working poor, people of faith, Muslim Americans, Jewish Americans, refugees, people with weight issues and any other group that challenges his inflated view of himself. A Trump presidency could send the Republican Party down a dark, exclusionary path, that would be tough to recover from.
He is both privately and publicly at odds with much that Alabamians value.
. . . .Rather than bring jobs home, Trump’s pledge to break trade agreements such as NAFTA and to implement a tariff on goods coming from Mexico and China could ignite a trade war, crippling port cities like Mobile and stunting growth in emerging economies in Birmingham and Huntsville.
. . . His pledge to restore “law and order” by implementing the unconstitutional “stop and frisk” policies of New York threatens to set racial progress in Alabama back 50 years. . . . . Trump is a man that will ignore the rule of law, use his office for personal gain, and has a history of lascivious affairs and lewd comments caught on tape. Even his campaign is self-serving, with millions in campaign donations spent on his family companies.
The Dispatch traditionally has endorsed Republican presidential candidates, but Trump does not espouse or support traditional Republican values, such as fiscal prudence, limited government and free trade, not to mention civility and decency. We are disappointed that so many Republican leaders have accommodated a narcissistic, morally bankrupt candidate who is so clearly out of step with those values.
Our readers depend on FP for insight and analysis into issues of national security and foreign policy. We feel that our obligation to our readers thus extends now to making clear the great magnitude of the threat that a Donald Trump presidency would pose to the United States. The dangers Trump presents as president stretch beyond the United States to the international economy, to global security, to America’s allies, as well as to countless innocents everywhere who would be the victims of his inexperience, his perverse policy views, and the profound unsuitability of his temperament for the office he seeks
. . . He would therefore put at risk our way of life, our freedoms, and our alliances. His reckless behavior has already undermined America’s standing internationally. His proposed embrace of some bad actors and his provocations toward others, his dangerous views on the use of weapons of mass destruction, his failure to understand how the global economy works, his lack of appreciation for the importance of alliances, and his temperamental defects all suggest that were he to claim the Oval Office, he would be a destabilizing force that would undercut American leadership instantly and for generations to come. His spotty track record as a businessman compounds these flaws further still. Indeed, we are not the first to say it, but Trump is the worst major-party candidate this republic has ever produced.
. . . Hillary Clinton is a quality candidate who is unquestionably well-prepared to lead this country. What is more, we do not think it is a small thing that by her election she will be righting a deep wrong that has compromised U.S. democracy since its inception: the exclusion of women from its highest offices. Were she to be elected as this country’s first woman president, not only would it be historic and send an important signal about both inclusiveness and Americans’ commitment to electing candidates who have distinguished themselves on their merits, but she would enter office having already put down one great threat to the United States of America — the grotesque and deeply disturbing prospect of a Donald Trump presidency.