Election Watch 2016: October 4th Edition

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

It’s Tuesday, and the presidential campaign that seems like it may never end still hasn’t ended, so it’s once again time to encourage everyone to vote for Hillary Clinton. Today, let’s take a look at newspaper endorsements.

Perhaps most striking in this area is USA Today’s “anti-endorsement”. As a matter of policy, the paper has never endorsed a candidate. This year, however, they stated explicitly that Donald Trump is “unfit for the presidency.” As the Washington Post notes, USA Today is far from the only paper to steer clear of the Republican nominee. Of particular note are the many conservative papers who’ve declined to endorse Donald Trump, or even endorsed Hillary Clinton.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Republic editorial board endorsed Clinton, marking the first time it had backed a Democrat for president in its 126-year history. The Dallas Morning News, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Houston Chronicle — all with traditionally conservative editorial pages — have also backed Clinton in recent months. The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for nearly a century. The Morning News hadn’t backed a Democrat for the White House since before World War II.

As of today, Donald Trump has exactly zero newspaper endorsements, while Libertarian fringe candidate Gary Johnson has six. Hillary Clinton has 23, including 9 papers that endorsed Republican Mitt Romney in 2012. As Ezra Klein wrote, this election isn’t Democrat vs. Republican, it’s normal vs. abnormal. There is only one viable option on November 8th, and that is Hillary Clinton.

Register To Vote

As previously mentioned, you can register to vote at vote.org. If you think you’re already registered, check your status there to confirm. Once that’s set, talk to your friends, talk to your relatives, and talk to your neighbors. This world would be a far, far worse place with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, but we can prevent that.

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