Ever since 1964, when the Dallas Morning News remained neutral in the presidential race between former Texas Senator and incumbent president, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Republican nominee, Barry Goldwater, the paper has endorsed the Republican nominee in every single presidential general election — until today.
The Dallas Morning News refused to endorse the Republican nominee for the first time in 52 years through a stinging rebuke by its editorial board.
The editorial board pointed out that while the Republican party, itself, was already involved in a tug of war between various Republican ideals, it ultimately chose a nominee that “thumbed his nose at conservative orthodoxy altogether. Trump is — or has been — at odds with nearly every GOP ideal this newspaper holds dear.”
First, the paper points to Trump’s stance on individual liberty, an important conservative principle. It recounts that Trump “has displayed an authoritarian streak that should horrify limited government advocates.” It takes issue with the fact that who it calls a “New York real estate billionaire reality TV star” wants to deport people who were born on U.S. soil, and ban all Muslims from entering the country, not to mention his refusal to rule out creating registries of Muslims living in the U.S. It also takes issue with Trump’s open admiration of Vladimir Putin.
Second, the editorial board speaks of free markets, again a fundamental conservative issue. It rails against Trump’s positions, citing to President Reagan who famously stated that “protectionism is destructionism.” Clearly, Trump has taken highly anti-trade positions regularly targeting the Trans Pacific Partnership and the North American Free Trade Agreement in his speeches. It states that “Trump’s idea of fiscal conservatism is reducing expenses by financing mountains of soul-crushing debt.”
Third, the paper takes issue with Trump’s position on national defense. It points out that while Trump has stated that he will make our military “so big, so powerful, so strong that nobody — absolutely nobody — is going to mess with us.” However, the paper blasts Trump for what he has said that he plans to do with the military.
“He says he supports killing the families of Muslim terrorists and allowing interrogation methods ‘a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.’ And if the military balks at obeying such orders? ‘If I say do it, they’re gonna do it,’ he says.
His isolationist prescriptions put sound bites over sound policy: Invite the Russians into our elections. Bomb the Middle East into dust. Withdraw from NATO.”
The paper concludes by saying that “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.” It states that Donald Trump is not qualified to be president and does not deserve the vote of the paper’s readership.
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