This election has had more firsts than any other before it, the strangeness of these firsts is shocking, but their regularity has made them normal. The Arizona Republic has been a Conservative publication since 1890, as they readily admit, but for the first time ever they are endorsing a Democrat for President, citing that Trump is simply unacceptable.
Is it surprising that a Conservative outlet would endorse a Democrat? They say: The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.
The Editorial Board wrote in their op-ed endorsing Clinton: The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting, […] Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not. […] Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.
This stands in contrast to Trump’s claim Monday night that his temperament is his greatest strength and that Clinton’s temperament makes her unfit for office, a claim that was made by Trump 100% seriously, and that was met with audience laughs at the absolute absurdity of that claim.
AR: Clinton knows how to compromise and to lead with intelligence, decorum and perspective. She has a record of public service as First Lady, senator and secretary of state. […] Trump hasn’t even let the American people scrutinize his tax returns, which could help the nation judge his claims of business acumen.
Trump said Monday that he would release his tax returns if Clinton released her emails, playing on a tired conspiracy by the Republicans that Hillary’s email scandal is apocalyptic.
AR: Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State was a mistake, as she has acknowledged. Donations to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of State raise concerns that donors were hoping to buy access. Though there is no evidence of wrongdoing, she should have put up a firewall. […] Yet despite her flaws, Clinton is the superior choice. […] She does not casually say things that embolden our adversaries and frighten our allies. Her approach to governance is mature, confident and rational.
Is it a great surprise that reasonable people on the other side of the aisle can’t stand Trump? This election has drawn lines between those on the right who are opportunists with their careers and those who are principled. Some on the right who it’s hard to agree with on anything are able to see what one hopes everyone see’s on a core and fundamental level, Trump is appealing on a “reality show” basis, but who do we want running the country?
Full op-ed at AZCentral.
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