The Arizona Republic, a leading Arizona newspaper that has been around since 1890, and was formerly named The Arizona Republican, has never in its history endorsed a Democrat presidential candidate, until today.
They’ve just endorsed Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee Donald Trump.
A piece by its editorial board made the proclamation on Tuesday, perhaps not coincidentally after the first general election presidential debate on Monday.
“The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified,” the editorial board writes. “That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.”
The paper readily admits Hillary Clinton’s many flaws and that she has made many mistakes, but claim they pale in comparison to Trump’s, who they blasted for a temperament that “responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads.”
“When the president of the United States speaks, the world expects substance. Not a blistering tweet,” the paper writes, a slam on the liberal New York billionaire’s propensity to go off the rails on Twitter.
Surprisingly, The Republic even believes Trump’s tough talk on immigration misses the mark, claiming that it is not congruent with views of the majority of Arizonans, even though Trump overwhelmingly won the Arizona GOP presidential preference election.
Moreover, the paper basically endorsed amnesty (“pathway to citizenship”) for illegals, embracing Hillary Clinton’s position, while taking the position that the “hardline immigration” positions like SB 1070 were harmful to the state.
In regards to Clinton, the paper defines her as a longtime “centrist” who “is competent” while Trump is a candidate who “can’t control his word,” a trait they said had the potential effect of posing a “real threat to our national security.”
The Arizona Republic is joined by the Dallas Morning News in endorsing Hillary Clinton, the first Democrat that newspaper has endorsed in 75 years. The Dallas Morning News admits, however, that it has paid a price due to that endorsement. While they did not disclose a number, the newspaper admitted that many readers canceled their subscription making their endorsement of Hillary come with a price tag. Will the Arizona Republic suffer the same consequences?