Election 2016

Arizona Newspaper Endorses a Democrat for President for the First Time Ever

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Arizona Republic newspaper, which was founded over 120 years ago in 1890, has endorsed a Democratic for president for the first time ever.

According to the paper's editorial board, Trump is not a conservative and he's not even a mature adult.

She does not casually say things that embolden our adversaries and frighten our allies. Her approach to governance is mature, confident and rational.

That cannot be said of her opponent.

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.

When the president of the United States speaks, the world expects substance. Not a blistering tweet.

Tell me more!

Contrast Clinton’s tenacity and professionalism with Trump, who began his campaign with gross generalities about Mexico and Mexicans as criminals and rapists. These were careless slaps at a valued trading partner and Arizona’s neighbor. They were thoughtless insults about people whose labor and energy enrich our country.

Trump demonstrated his clumsiness on the world stage by making nice with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto only a few hours before appearing in Phoenix to deliver yet another rant about Mexican immigrants and border walls.

Here it comes.

Trump’s long history of objectifying women and his demeaning comments about women during the campaign are not just good-old-boy gaffes.

They are evidence of deep character flaws. They are part of a pattern.

Trump mocked a reporter’s physical handicap. Picked a fight with a Gold Star family. Insulted POWs. Suggested a Latino judge can’t be fair because of his heritage. Proposed banning Muslim immigration.

Each of those comments show a stunning lack of human decency, empathy and respect. Taken together they reveal a candidate who doesn’t grasp our national ideals.

And that's really only the half of it. You'll have to read the rest at the Arizona Republic.

They share a few criticisms of Clinton as well, which are mostly fair but, as the paper points out, they're inconsequential flaws compared to Trump's raging buffoonery and contempt for average people.

It remains to be seen if this will move the needle in Arizona, but the polls have been relatively close.

  • I don’t know why everyone keeps saying that AZ might be in play. Drumpf’s popularity has been rising here for a couple of weeks now. According to fivethirtyeight dot com it’s showing 75% Drumpf and 25% Clinton. While the paper’s decision might be historical, I don’t think it will affect a damn thing.

  • Camacho/Trump 2016!!

    The unfortunate aspect of this is that dimwitted Jill Stein voters use this crap for ammo: “A paper that has never endorsed a Democrat before endorsed Hillary, therefore she’s just as bad as the Republicans”, instead of the reality based “we’re not fans of Hillary, but because Trump will be so incredibly bad for America, we have no choice but to endorse her”.

    • Badgerite

      Well, yeah. The Trump Monster is clearly and overgrown child who has lived his life in a bubble of money privilege. He is unfit to deal with the real world. And way unfit to lead the United States of America.

    • The Jilltards on the left are just as much ideologues as the Wingtards on the right. They look for excuses for their actions instead of basing their actions on actual principles (or reality).

    • Scopedog

      Well, they are dimwitted, so that’s sort of expected.

  • Aynwrong

    One the one hand, Hillary Clinton is more qualified than all the other clowns primary candidates that Trump rolled over in the last year combined and newspaper editors should no that. On the other hand, good for them.

  • muselet

    The members of the Arizona Republic‘s editorial board would rather have their fingernails pulled out than endorse a D, any D, for any office. And yet, endorse a D they did, and Hillary Clinton, no less.

    It’s hard not to read that endorsement as anything but reluctant. The paper would have supported literally any R other than Donald Trump.

    That says something, that does.


    • Badgerite

      Yes it does. It says that they value the country and their responsibility as citizens enough so as to not put the country and its nuclear arsenal into the hands of a person who is beyond just unqualified but actually is unfit. And that would be the Trump Monster.