Clinton is the first Democrat endorsed by the newspaper in nearly a century, a tradition “not taken lightly,” the paper said.
“Hillary Clinton has her faults, certainly, but she has spent a lifetime working to improve the lives of Americans both inside and outside of Washington.
“It’s time to elect the first female U.S. president – not because she’s a woman, but because she’s hands-down the most qualified choice,” the editorial said.
The editorial did not mince words about Trump or leave any doubt about its preference.
“[Trump] has no history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters. 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. His wild threats to blow Iranian ships out of the water if they make rude gestures at U.S. ships is just the type of reckless, cowboy diplomacy Americans should fear from a Trump presidency…. Do we really want someone in charge of our military and nuclear codes who has an impulse control problem? The fact that so many top military and national security officials are not supporting Trump speaks volumes.
The paper noted that both Trump and Clinton are the “most unpopular pair of presidential candidates in American history.”
“But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst,” it said.
“That’s why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton.”
It called Clinton a “competent secretary of state, with far stronger diplomatic skills than she gets credit for.”
“Yes, mistakes were made in Benghazi, and it was tragic that four Americans lost their lives in the 2012 terror attacks on the U.S. consulate there. But the incident was never the diabolical conspiracy that Republicans wanted us to believe, and Clinton was absolved of blame after lengthy investigations… She was part of President Barack Obama’s inner circle when the decision was made to go after and kill Osama bin Laden and negotiated U.N. sanctions that led to the Iran nuclear deal.”
As for her presidential campaign, the paper said it has been “an inclusive one, reflected by the diversity of her supporters.”
“She has even moved to the left on health care, expressing a willingness to consider Sen. Bernie Sanders’ single-payer ‘Medicare for all’ health care plan. Clinton has talked about building bridges, not walls, and has a plan to keep immigrant families together with a path to citizenship.”
Whatever reservations the paper’s editorial board had about Clinton, “pale in comparison to our fears about Trump.”
We’ve condemned his childish insults; offensive remarks to women, Hispanics and African-Americans; and the way he has played on many Americans’ fears and prejudices to further himself politically. We see a man utterly corrupted by self-interest. His narcissistic bid for the presidency is more about making himself great than America.”
While Clinton has been relentlessly challenged about her honesty, the editorial said “Trump was the primary propagator of arguably the biggest lie of the past eight years: that Obama wasn’t born in the United States.”
“Trump has played fast and loose with the support of white supremacist groups. He has praised some of our country’s most dangerous enemies – see Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and Saddam Hussein – while insulting a sitting president, our military generals, a Gold Star family and prisoners of war like Sen. John McCain… Why should anyone believe that a Trump presidency would look markedly different from his offensive, erratic, stance-shifting presidential campaign?”
As for Trump’s boastful business acumen, the editorial was skeptical at best.
It’s true that he has created jobs, but he also has sent many overseas and left a trail of unpaid contractors in his wake. His refusal to release his tax returns draws into question both Trump’s true income and whether he is paying his fair share of taxes. Even if you consider Trump a successful businessman, running a government is not the same as being the CEO of a company. The United States cannot file bankruptcy to avoid paying its debts.
“In these uncertain times, America needs a brave leader, not bravado. Real solutions, not paper-thin promises. A clear eye toward the future, not a cynical appeal to the good old days.”
This is Clinton’s third major conservative newspaper endorsement. Both The Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News in traditional red state Texas broke a long string of Republican endorsements to back her in this campaign.