Thursday, October 13, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements

Still more for Hillary Clinton:

Washington Post:

IN THE gloom and ugliness of this political season, one encouraging truth is often overlooked: There is a well-qualified, well-prepared candidate on the ballot. Hillary Clinton has the potential to be an excellent president of the United States, and we endorse her without hesitation.

In a moment, we will explain our confidence. But first, allow us to anticipate a likely question: No, we are not making this endorsement simply because Ms. Clinton’s chief opponent is dreadful.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is dreadful, that is true — uniquely unqualified as a presidential candidate. If we believed that Ms. Clinton were the lesser of two evils, we might well urge you to vote for her anyway — that is how strongly we feel about Mr. Trump. But we would also tell you that was our judgment.

Fortunately, it is not.
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San Francisco Examiner:

It is fashionable for editorial endorsements for president these days to be more anti-Trump than pro-Clinton, and we will not buck that trend here. As we said in our endorsement for Bernie Sanders in the June primary, Clinton has many drawbacks as a candidate: “Hillary Clinton is a flawed standard bearer for the [Democratic] party.”

But they are flaws we can live with. The same can not be said of Trump.

It would be reassuring if a Trump presidency was merely unfathomable — but unfortunately, we’ve all had ample time to fathom its contours over the past year. Instead, the prospect of Trump in the White House is a terrifying, real possibility, and one we must reject.
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Glasgow Daily Times has the same editorial supporting Clinton as the Ashland Daily Independent, which has been previously linked.
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Tahlequah Daily Press:

Hillary Clinton gets our support because she has devoted her life to public service. She has been secretary of state for four years, U.S. senator for eight years, and first lady for eight years. Trump has no prior political or public service experience, having devoted his life to building his brand through real estate deals and his reality TV show, "The Apprentice."

President of the United States is not an entry-level position. It requires someone who has been battle-tested on the legislative and diplomatic fronts. Someone who understands and can navigate the complexities of governing, and make rational decisions on consequential domestic and foreign issues, including life and death decisions on war and standing up to bully dictators like Russia's Vladimir Putin. Clinton is that someone; Trump is not.
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Daily Journal and Courier-Post of New Jersey have the same editorials:

On Nov. 8, Americans have the chance to choose between two visions for America: one that clings to a past that never really existed and one that promises our best days are ahead.

Hillary Clinton understands the issues facing our country, offers practical solutions and articulates a vision for bolstering America’s greatness by fulfilling its promise to all Americans. And unlike Donald Trump, she has the experience, the temperament, the maturity and the grasp of policy needed to lead this nation during a time of rapid change.

Clinton listens to differing opinions, owns up to her mistakes and moves forward. She is among the most qualified and most vetted candidates ever to seek our nation’s highest office, and she has what it takes to command our troops, stabilize the Supreme Court, fix our aging infrastructure and guide a shift to cleaner energy to meet the challenge of climate change.

Throughout her career, she has advocated for families and blazed trails for women.
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Traverse City Record-Eagle:

The next president of the United States will navigate difficult issues at home — immigration, health care, worsening racial division, massive national debt to name a few — and delicate foreign policy issues on the world stage where a misstep could result in disaster.

Our country’s 45th president will face a world where our enemies hide in plain sight in a war that requires cooperation from leaders across the globe. It’s a world where there is no room for flippant decisions pushed by a hair-trigger ego.

Clinton has demonstrated the prerequisite leadership qualities to occupy the Oval Office.

Meanwhile, it is clear Republican nominee Donald Trump has none of the essential traits necessary to provide steady leadership for our country. He has time and again shown an inability to control himself or intelligently express any strategic policy that would benefit the nation. Instead, his rhetoric has highlighted a darker side of our democracy, embracing divisive positions that opened fissures where we need unity.
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Willamette Week:

The Donald has already delivered his own eulogy, on tape. Remarks uncovered last week, in which he brags about committing sexual assault, confirm for the willfully ignorant (and some in the Republican Party, including Oregon Rep. Greg Walden) what anyone paying attention has known for a year: Trump is a bully, a predator, and a silver-spoon racist who asks his supporters to join him in the sewer. What's most frightening about his candidacy is how many people are willing to sink to his level.

Trump is a pestilence and not even the second-best candidate running for president. Despite his gaffes, Libertarian Gary Johnson would be better. For all her arrogance and pseudo-scientific drivel, Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein also makes Trump look like an apprentice.

Yet there is reason for measured optimism that America can recover from this repulsive election. That's because Hillary Rodham Clinton ranks among the steadiest, most experienced and capable people ever to seek the White House.
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No Donald Trump:

Utah's Daily Herald:

Donald Trump seems to enjoy being brash and blunt.

So, by all means, please allow us to return the favor.

We can in no way embrace, endorse or support Trump becoming the next president of the United States, and likewise call on all voters to adhere to the same philosophy come Nov. 8.

Don't take that stance as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton. That is an entirely different argument for a different day. We have our own issues with the Democratic nominee and her fitness for office.

However, this day is about joining the legion of voices and voters who have repudiated Trump and made it clear he belongs nowhere near the White House.
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Concord Monitor:

Voters will decide whether the crass debasement of our political system, led by the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, represents who we are, all of us, as citizens of a respectful society.

Voters – particularly men – will decide whether they can believe Trump’s repeated insulting excuse that his vile comments about grabbing women’s genitals, and getting away with it because of his star power, is just “locker room talk.”

Voters will decide whether a candidate who threatens, if elected, to prosecute his opponent, suggests she’s “the devil,” says she has “tremendous hate in her heart” and ought to be “in jail,” is the leader we want to set the standard of behavior for our nation as its president.


Is this what we have become? We cannot accept it.

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A weekly has actually endorsed Trump for president. It is the first media outlet to do so.

I have never heard of the Las Vegas Tribune. It must be a satirical website:

Donald Trump speaks our language, thinks, acts and behaves like we all do on a daily basis; how many times have we stated privately and publicly our urge to punch someone in the face but never take action?

Donald Trump is the candidate that can make America great again and we should put all of our personal feelings and reservations aside to make sure that the best candidate — Donald Trump — is our next president.

For one whole year the Las Vegas Tribune has been carrying a full-page advertisement for Donald Trump free of charge; we have never approached his campaign office or any of his family members that are clearly involved in the everyday operations of his campaign; we have
not patted ourselves on the back pretending to be generous when in reality all we want is what is best for our nation.
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