The Dallas Morning News has reportedly endorsed every Republican presidential candidate since 1964, however, when it comes to Donald Trump, the leading Texas daily newspaper can’t pinch their nostrils tight enough, proclaiming that not only is Trump not a Republican, but he is certainly not a conservative.
In a scathing editorial on Tuesday morning, the Dallas Morning News opined that “Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president and does not deserve your vote,” and minced no words in getting very specific about why they feel this way.
The paper said that traditionally, the Republican Party has stood for individual liberty, free markets, and a strong national defense, and that Trump has failed and/or flip-flopped to such a degree that it’s impossible to know what he stands for.
Regarding individual liberty, the editorial contends that Trump has an “authoritarian streak that should horrify limited-government advocates,” and has openly admired Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
When it comes to free markets, the editorial asserts that Trump’s protectionist policies fly in the face of Ronald Reagan’s free-trade policies. Reagan once said, “protectionism is destructionism.,” they remind the voters.
The DMN editorial accuses Trump of being all over the board on national defense, sliding from isolationism to bombing the “Middle East into dust,” while inviting “Russians into our elections.”
Far from Republicanism, the paper contends that Trump is pushing “Trumpism,” and while not endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton, does assert that the bloviating billionaire “does not deserve your vote.”
It’s not easy to offer a shorthand list of such tenets, since Trump flips from one side to the other, issue after issue, sometimes within a single news cycle. Regardless, his ideas are so far from Republicanism that they have spawned a new description: Trumpism.
We have no interest in a Republican nominee for whom all principles are negotiable, nor in a Republican Party that is willing to trade away principle for pursuit of electoral victory.
Trump doesn’t reflect Republican ideals of the past; we are certain he shouldn’t reflect the GOP of the future.
Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president and does not deserve your vote.
Texas has typically been a solidly red state so the fact that the most widely circulated newspaper in the Lone Star State, which again has endorsed the GOP presidential candidate for 50 years, has come out publicly against Trump is significant.
While Texas has been a given for the GOP presidential nominee to win, that streak may be broken this year. A poll released by the Washington Post on Tuesday shows that Texas is a toss up in this year’s presidential election.