In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.
This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.
From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.
Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.
The editorial board then goes on to lay out all of the reasons that Trump is unfit to lead this nation
These include the following:
- He is erratic. (Just see his Twitter rant from this morning to confirm this.)
- He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. (Duh!)
- He traffics in prejudice. (Yes and it seems that every alt-Right Nazi is working on his campaign now.)
- His business career is checkered. (Understatement.)
- He isn’t leveling with the American people. (Yeah, how much are you really worth Donald?)
- He speaks recklessly.
He has coarsened the national dialogue. (Once again, duh!)
- He’s a serial liar. (And yet everybody keeps talking about Hillary Clinton's dishonesty.)
So how many newspapers have come out in support of Hillary now, while also warning people away from Doanld Trump?