USA Today Breaks 34-Year Non-Endorsement Tradition, Says Don’t Vote for Donald Trump

Paper’s editorial board has never taken sides in a presidential election … until now

Last Updated: September 29, 2016 @ 9:49 PM

USA Today has broken with a 34-year tradition of not taking sides in the presidential race, publishing a scathing editorial that doesn’t exactly endorse a candidate, but instead advises its readers not to vote for one… Donald Trump.

“This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences,” the paper explained in its endorsement. “This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.”

The paper’s editorial board lists eight reasons for its decision including the fact that the GOP nominee is “erratic,” “traffics in prejudice,” has a “checkered” business career, speaks “recklessly,” and is a “serial liar.”

The editorial board  also makes a point to say it does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement, who according to the paper “has her own flaws.”

While some on the board believe she’d “serve the nation ably as its president,” other members “have serious reservations about Clinton’s sense of entitlement, her lack of candor and her extreme carelessness in handling classified information.”

The non-endorsement ends with this line: “Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.”

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