The Presidential Endorsements Are In & These 12 Major Publications Are Unanimous


We're electing a new president this year, so of course history is being documented as we speak. But 2016 isn't just your average election year -- for many reasons. One of the most glaring: It's less than a month until Election Day, and the GOP nominee is still without a single daily newspaper endorsement. Many major publications that have always backed the Republican party nominee have refused to endorse Trump -- or, in some cases, any candidate at all. Not all publications are endorsing Hillary Clinton, but they're unanimous about one thing: #NeverTrump.

Here, 12 major outlets' historic presidential endorsements that went out in 2016. Their support for Hillary Clinton and/or complete repudiation of Donald Trump prove this election year is truly like no other.

 

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  • Chicago Sun-Times

    1

    The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board writes, "In every way Clinton is strong, Trump is weak. In every way she has earned the job over a lifetime of public service, he has disqualified himself, serving nobody but himself.

    "Today, we endorse Hillary Clinton for president, and we endorse her early. The best way to avert a train wreck is to wave a warning flag as soon as possible."

  • USA Today

    2

    In its 34-year history, USA Today has not ONCE taken a side in a presidential election -- until this year. The national publication's editorial board writes:

    This year, the choice isn't between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates -- Republican nominee Donald Trump -- is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

    The board clarifies that its editorial does not represent unqualified support for Hillary Clinton; however, the board urges voters: 

    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.

    Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.

  • The Cincinnati Enquirer

    3

    The Ohio paper, which has not endorsed a Democrat for president in nearly a century, published an editorial stating: "Trump is a clear and present danger to our country ... Do we really want someone in charge of our military and nuclear codes who has an impulse control problem? The fact that so many top military and national security officials are not supporting Trump speaks volumes."

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  • The Arizona Republic

    4

    The Grand Canyon State paper, which was founded in 1890, has never endorsed a Democrat. But this year, its editorial board writes, "The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative, and he is not qualified .... Clinton retains her composure under pressure. She's tough. She doesn't back down. Trump responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads. That's beneath our national dignity."

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  • The Dallas Morning News

    5

    The Texas paper hasn't endorsed a Democrat in 75-plus years, but this election season, the paper is backing Hillary Clinton. The endorsement reads:

    After nearly four decades in the public spotlight, 25 of them on the national stage, Clinton is a known quantity. For all her warts, she is the candidate more likely to keep our nation safe, to protect American ideals and to work across the aisle to uphold the vital domestic institutions that rely on a competent, experienced president.

  • The New York Times

    6

    The newspaper of record endorsed Hillary Clinton, focusing on her accomplishments and qualifications throughout its endorsement (as opposed to slamming Donald Trump, which it reserved for a follow-up piece). Of HRC, the NYT's editorial board concludes, "Through war and recession, Americans born since 9/11 have had to grow up fast, and they deserve a grown-up president. A lifetime's commitment to solving problems in the real world qualifies Hillary Clinton for this job, and the country should put her to work."

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  • The Columbus Dispatch

    7

    The Ohio newspaper, which has not endorsed a Democrat for president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916, is backing Hillary Clinton for president. The editorial board writes, "... we worry that this dismaying choice will cause some voters to throw up their hands and pass on this election. We urge voters to do their homework, cut through the half-truths and lies, and go to the polls with facts."

    The Dispatch praises Clinton's international experience:

    She is well-known to foreign leaders and understands that world order depends upon a US foreign policy that is committed to its international obligations. The United States is the most stabilizing force in a world prone to chaos, and she knows that role is not something to be trifled with on a whim, as Trump's reckless pronouncements would do.

    And stating that the board is "disappointed that so many Republican leaders have accommodated a narcissistic, morally bankrupt candidate who is so clearly out of step with those values," it also admits HRC "has faced controversy," but "her negatives pale when measured against the dangers posed by Trump."

  • Foreign Policy Magazine

    8

    The publication has never in its entire history printed a presidential endorsement, but this year, its editorial board writes: "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 Atlantic

    9

    The Atlantic, which was founded in 1857, has endorsed only three presidential candidates over the course of its impressive history: Abraham Lincoln in 1860, Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, and now Hillary Clinton in 2016. The history-making editorial explains:

    If Hillary Clinton were facing Mitt Romney, or John McCain, or George W. Bush, or, for that matter, any of the leading candidates Trump vanquished in the Republican primaries, we would not have contemplated making this endorsement. We believe in American democracy, in which individuals from various parties of different ideological stripes can advance their ideas and compete for the affection of voters. But Trump is not a man of ideas. He is a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a know-nothing, and a liar. He is spectacularly unfit for office, and voters -- the statesmen and thinkers of the ballot box -- should act in defense of American democracy and elect his opponent.

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  • The New York Daily News

    10

    The New York Daily News, which endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, supports Hillary Clinton this year. "[Clinton] is far and away the choice for the presidency of the United States in 2016," the editorial board wrote in July. "With Trump representing a clear and present danger to the republic, waiting until November would be irresponsible: The Daily News endorses Clinton now." 

  • The Los Angeles Times

    11

    The LA Times endorsed only Republican nominees until 1972, then discontinued endorsements altogether until backing Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. This year, the paper's editorial board is #WithHer, writing, "American voters have a clear choice on Nov. 8. We can elect an experienced, thoughtful and deeply knowledgeable public servant or a thin-skinned demagogue who is unqualified and unsuited to be president." 

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  • The Washington Post

    12

    The Washington Post made headlines in July with an editorial stating that it will NOT endorse Donald Trump. "We have criticized the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the past and will do so again when warranted," the editorial board states. "But we do not believe that she (or the Libertarian and Green party candidates, for that matter) represents a threat to the Constitution. Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger."

    In it's official endorsement on October 13, the editorial board not only reiterates that Trump "would pose a grave danger to the nation and the world," but it writes of HRC that "... we endorse her without hesitation":

    We believe that Ms. Clinton will prove a worthy example to girls who celebrate the election of America's first female president. We believe, too, that anyone who votes for her will be able to look back, four years from now, with pride in that decision.


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