In an unusual move, unlike any in its 34-year publication, USA Today‘s editorial board took the step of penning an opinion column Friday censuring Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and declared him unfit for the White House, but did not endorse Hillary Clinton.
Framing the critique of Trump around several issues, the newspaper’s editorial board cited the New York real estate mogul’s erratic political positions and said he is ill-equipped to be president. Specifically, they blasted his apparent bigotry and xenophobia, reckless expression, negative-impact on America’s political discourse, and dishonesty and lack of trustworthiness.
After defining Mr. Trump in stark terms, the newspaper did express skepticism with Mrs. Clinton, particularly her “sense of entitlement, her lack of candor and her extreme carelessness in handling classified information,” but concluded the former Secretary would amount to a bleak choice in comparison a miserable choice in the New York businessman.
“Where does that leave us? Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: 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,” judged USA Today’s editorial board.
Although the newspaper is known never to have endorsed a candidate, this is the first time the 34-year publication has injected itself into presidential politics.
According to an average of the latest four-way national polls, Clinton edges Trump by just over two percentage points with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson garnering a full seven percent of likely-voter support.
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