The Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board did something that it has not done for nearly 100 years. It endorsed the Democratic nominee for president, albeit grudgingly.
In a stinging editorial, the publication said
“The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century — a tradition this editorial board doesn’t take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.
That’s why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton.”
There are two main takeaways from the Enquirer’s endorsement:
First, the Enquirer points out that Clinton is a known commodity with a proven track record of governing. Like her or not, she has served in a wide array of roles in government — something that no presidential candidate in history can match. And while she was doing the job, she was very highly regarded, despite making some notable errors — which the Enquirer certainly acknowledges.
The paper points out her history of serving New Yorkers during the most trying time in the city’s modern history, 9/11. It points out Clinton’s more than 40 years of fighting for women’s and children’s rights. It highlights her helping to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provide healthcare to more than 8 million kids. It also touted Clinton’s work in closing the gender gap and standing up for the LGBT community both domestically and internationally.
Second, the Enquirer acknowledges and criticizes the Republican party for targeting Clinton in a campaign to vilify her for each of the mistakes that she has made.
“Yes, mistakes were made in Benghazi, and it was tragic that four Americans lost their lives in the 2012 terror attacks on the U.S. consulate there. But the incident was never the diabolical conspiracy that Republicans wanted us to believe and Clinton was absolved of blame after lengthy investigations.
This says a lot coming from a staunchly conservative publication. Indeed, while it acknowledges Clinton’s mistakes, it calls them exactly that, and notes her significant successes and decades of public service.
Third, the Enquirer says that Trump is simply not a viable choice. In fact, the publication delivers a stinging rebuke that all but says that Trump should not be in the race:
“Trump is a clear and present danger to our country. He has no history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters. Trump has no foreign policy experience, and the fact that he doesn’t recognize it – instead insisting that, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do” – is even more troubling. His wild threats to blow Iranian ships out of the water if they make rude gestures at U.S. ships is just the type of reckless, cowboy diplomacy Americans should fear from a Trump presidency. Clinton has been criticized as being hawkish but has shown a measured approach to the world’s problems. Do we really want someone in charge of our military and nuclear codes who has an impulse control problem? The fact that so many top military and national security officials are not supporting Trump speaks volumes.”
While acknowledging its reservations about Clinton, it notes that any concerns about her pale in comparison to Donald Trump.
“We’ve condemned his childish insults; offensive remarks to women, Hispanics and African-Americans; and the way he has played on many Americans’ fears and prejudices to further himself politically. Trump brands himself as an outsider untainted by special interests, but we see a man utterly corrupted by self-interest. His narcissistic bid for the presidency is more about making himself great than America. Trump tears our country and many of its people down with his words so that he can build himself up.”
The Enquirer appears to not just be talking to conservatives, but all Americans in its criticism of Donald Trump. In any other election, it would likely have endorsed the Republican nominee. But this Republican nominee is clearly more than this conservative publication can stomach.
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