USA Today is weighing in on the presidential election for it’s first time ever this year. In an op-ed article published by its Editorial Board on Thursday, the paper noted that it did not endorse Hillary while it made more of an anti-endorsement to Republican candidate, Donald Trump.
The paper said that their non-endorsement policy is revisited every four years because every presidential race is different. In 36 years, they have never seen a reason to alter their approach. Until now, that is. The paper wrote that this year, based on the unanimous decision of the Editorial Board, the Republican candidate Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency.
‘We’ve been highly critical of the GOP nominee in a number of previous editorials. With early voting already underway in several states and polls showing a close race, now is the time to spell out in one place, the reasons Trump should not be president.’
The editorial continues by saying that Trump has done nothing but demonstrate his lack of temperament, knowledge, and honesty that America needs to see from its presidents since declaring his candidacy 15 months ago.
The editorial lists all of the reasons why Trump is unfit for the presidency, which included his erratic temperament, his dishonesty, his prejudiced rhetoric and, of course, his “checkered” business history.
The paper was short of endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but said:
‘Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House, or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems.’
USA Today said that before breaking the tradition this year, they asked themselves what the founder, Al Neuharth, would have done. Founding the paper in 1982, Neuharth had an ego as big as Donald Trump’s. But unlike Trump, Neuharth was also a defender of First Amendment freedoms, an optimist about America’s future, and a champion of diversity.
In 2012, Al described Trump as ” a clown who loves doing or saying things, no matter how ridiculous,” just to get attention, in a column that he wrote. The founder later died in 2013, but I think it’s safe to say that he would agree with the rest of the crew on their decision.
The paper closed with one final plea to it’s readers:
‘Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.’
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