There has been quite a lot of news in the last few weeks about a number of conservative newspapers breaking hundred-plus year traditions to endorse Hillary or to simply urge readers not to vote for Trump. As reported by Rebecca Harrington and Jeremy Burke at Business Insider, this year’s newspaper endorsements are the most lopsided the U.S. may have ever seen. Hillary has an incredibly long list of editorial boards supporting her candidacy, Trump hasn’t received any, since receiving these four leading up to the Republican primary:
Unfortunately, none of these papers (even the New York Observer owned by Donald’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner) have since reiterated their support for him in the general election, where he is being compared not with his fellow Republicans but with Hillary Clinton.
Even worse, a number of conservative papers in red states which have never in their entire history endorsed a democrat have come out in favor of Hillary over Trump. A few have simply urged readers to “not vote for Trump.”
Hillary, on the other hand, has earned dozens and dozens of glowing endorsements. Here are a few of the recent highlights:
The New York Times: “Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service, often as the first or only woman in the arena.”
Los Angeles Times: “Perhaps her greatest strength is her pragmatism — her ability to build consensus and solve problems. As president, she would be flexible enough and experienced enough to cut across party lines and work productively with her political opponents.”
The Baltimore Sun: “One candidate stands in the broad tradition of American leadership that has made this the greatest, most powerful and most prosperous nation in history. The other would have us trade that legacy for a cult of personality. The choice is clear.”
Houston Chronicle: “These are unsettling times that require a steady hand: That’s Hillary Clinton.”
New York Daily News: “Heaven help America were, unthinkably, Clinton to fail. She is all that stands between the United States of America and never-before-seen proof that the Founding Fathers weren’t all that they’ve been cracked up to be.”
The Dallas Morning News: “We don’t come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since before World War II — if you’re counting, that’s more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer: “The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century … But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. … We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.”
The Arizona Republic: “This year is different. The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified. That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.
San Francisco Chronicle: “[This election] is a test of whether American voters have the wisdom to identify and dispel a demagogue with authoritarian instincts who is treating a run for the presidency as if it were a reality TV show where outlandishness is the coin of the realm.”
The Berkshire Eagle: “Clinton actually offers policies, which don’t get the attention they should in an election campaign too often dominated by the latest Trump folly.”
Portland Press Herald: “Electing the first woman president would open millions of doors to millions of women and girls – not just a symbolic victory, but also an actual step forward in the centuries-long struggle for equal rights.”
Falls Church News-Press: “We are eager to see how the Clinton-Kaine team will continue the process of moving equality, justice and compassion forward as the cornerstones of our national interest and identity.”
Dallas Voice: “We still have battles to fight in the name of equality, from employment nondiscrimination to transgender rights. Hillary was a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and she celebrates diversity. We stand with Hillary.”
Akron Beacon Journal: “Hillary Clinton is the change. … She knows her way around the partisan battles. The country doesn’t need a revolution. It isn’t a wreck. It requires the right brand of change.”
San Diego Union-Tribune: “This paper has not endorsed a Democrat for president in its 148-year history. But we endorse Clinton. She’s the safe choice for the U.S. and for the world, for Democrats and Republicans alike.”
The Desert Sun: “Her efforts to help women, children and all Americans in a public life that ultimately took her on the global circuit as America’s spokeswoman make her the right choice to become our first female president.”
USA Today (issued a Trump anti-endorsement): Explaining why the paper sidestepped its tradition of neutrality, the board wrote that it thought about what USA Today founder Al Neuharth would have done.
In 2012, the year before he died, Neuharth wrote his own editorial saying Mitt Romney should stop appearing with Trump.
“He’s a clown who loves doing or saying things, no matter how ridiculous they may be,” Neuharth wrote. “No politician or voter — or Yankee fan — should take him seriously.”
As it’s customary for USA Today editorials to offer an opposing view, Thursday night’s tirade against Trump appeared alongside a counterpoint from his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana.
The editorial board urges voters to “stay true to your convictions,” whether that means voting for Clinton, a third-party candidate, or a write-in.
“Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue,” the editorial concludes. “By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.”