New Hampshire’s largest conservative paper, the Union Leader, has made a surprising move and will not be endorsing Donald Trump for President. According to The New York Times this is the first time 100 years that the paper hasn’t backed a Republican nominee, but it doesn’t come as a surprise.
Union Leader publisher Joseph W. McQuaid hasn’t ever been a fan of Donald Trump. In a signed editorial he titled “A Better Choice For President (No Need To Hold Your Nose)”, he endorses Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. In his editorial, he says some pretty interesting things about Trump and why he wasn’t even thinking of endorsing him in the first place. He undoubtedly despises Trump, and didn’t leave out any of his feelings as to why.
‘The man is a liar, a bully, a buffoon. He denigrates any individual or group that displeases him. He has dishonored military veterans and their families, made fun of the physically frail, and changed political views almost as often as he has changed wives.’
Mr. McQuaid said that he believes Trump’s supporters are against the status quo that Hillary Clinton represents, but says they’re kidding themselves if they think Donald Trump isn’t a part of it as well. He said, “Americans are being told that we have to chose the lesser of two evils. No we don’t.” He obviously doesn’t think very highly of Clinton either, calling her a selfish, self-centered, sanctimonious prig in the editorial.
The feud between McQuaid and Donald Trump has been going on for quite a while, which is why this endorsement isn’t much of a surprise. Last December McQuaid wrote another editorial piece where he endorsed Gov. Christie for president, and in it he likened Trump to “Back To The Future” antagonist and bully Biff Tannen. Of course, Trump came back at McQuaid in a television interview and called him a low life, like everyone else who speaks out against him. Back in January the Union Leader was even dropped from a presidential debate because of the feud, which Donald Trump undoubtedly took credit for.
Despite the feud between Trump and the Union Leader publisher, it’s doubtful that McQuaid’s endorsement will have any impact on the four electoral college votes New Hampshire has. More than likely it won’t matter since they’ve voted blue in the past four elections anyway.
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