Why papers that have backed Republicans for decades broke ranks with this GOP nominee
In recent days, five prominent newspapers, with a collective five-century streak of endorsing Republicans for president, refused to back GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The papers – from states ranging from New England to the Great Lakes to the desert West – reject Trump as lacking the temperament, judgment and conservative values necessary to be president.
In their own words, read what made these reflexively Republican newspapers recoil from the 2016 Republican nominee for president.
Paper: New Hampshire Union Leader
History: Backed Every Republican presidential candidate since 1916
Choice quote: "[Trump] is a liar, a bully, a buffoon. He denigrates any individual or group that displeases him. He has dishonored military veterans and their families, made fun of the physically frail, and changed political views almost as often as he has changed wives."
Paper: Arizona Republic
History: Backed every Republican presidential candidate since its founding in 1890
Choice quote: "The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified .... Trump responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads .... Trump's inability to control himself ... represents a real threat to our national security .... Trump's long history of objectifying women and his demeaning comments about women during the campaign are not just good-old-boy gaffes. They are evidence of deep character flaws. They are part of a pattern .... Taken together they reveal a candidate who doesn’t grasp our national ideals .... Instead of offering solutions, he hangs scapegoats like piñatas and invites people to take a swing."Read the full list HERE and follow a link to what the Largest Newspaper in the country had to say about Trump:
USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency'
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