Why You Should Care About the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Hillary Clinton Endorsement

Swing state paper breaks nearly century-long tradition supporting Republicans, calling Donald Trump “a clear and present danger to our country”

Last Updated: September 23, 2016 @ 3:04 PM

You know something’s up when the Cincinnati Enquirer is endorsing a Democrat.

The paper’s editorial board says it’s breaking a nearly century-long tradition of backing Republicans and supporting Hillary Clinton instead. The paper’s makes it clear it doesn’t take the move “lightly,” insisting this “is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times.”

The endorsement, titled “It Has to be Hillary Clinton,” praises Clinton for being “a known commodity with a proven track record of governing” and “earning respect in Congress by working across the aisle.”

It’s clear the paper is no fan of Donald Trump, calling him “a clear and present danger to our country.”

“He has no history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters,” the paper’s editorial board writes. “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.”

The paper’s endorsement of Clinton comes despite having “issues with Clinton. Her refusal to acknowledge her poor judgment in using a private email server and mishandling classified information is troubling.”

But it acknowledges that while “Clinton has been relentlessly challenged about her honesty, Trump was the primary propagator of arguably the biggest lie of the past eight years.”

While Clinton is leading Trump in national polls, the GOP nominee is ahead in the key swing state of Ohio, according to a recent Fox News poll. In a four-way race that also includes Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Trump leads Clinton 42 percent to 37 percent in the Buckeye State.

The Real Clear Politics average has Trump up by 1.2 points. Meanwhile, a Suffolk University poll last week had him up by three points in the state. On Friday, FiveThirtyEight’s gave Trump a 58.1 percent chance of winning the state’s 18 electoral votes.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Times also endorsed Clinton calling her a “sober, smart and pragmatic president,” while calling Trump “a catastrophe.”