Wednesday, September 7, 2016
The Dallas Morning News Endorses, Praises Hillary and Strongly Rejects Trump
The Dallas Morning News, not exactly a liberal newspaper, has come out with an editorial endorsing, recommending, and praising Democrat Hillary Clinton for POTUS, and it has strongly rejected the repulsive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump.
This is the first time in 76 years that TDMN has endorsed a Democrat.
From the Washington Post:
For the first time since 1940, the Dallas Morning News has endorsed a Democrat for president, telling readers in one of the nation's most reliably red states Wednesday that they ought to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
[There are now dozens of big-name Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton for president] The Morning News's conservative editorial board, joining dozens of high-profile Republicans in rejecting the GOP nominee and supporting his opponent, acknowledged that breaking a 19-election streak caused its members some heartburn, but the endorsement's opening sentence suggested they felt their choice was clear:
"There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November."
The Morning News braced readers for its surprise move in an editorial Tuesday that declared "Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president and does not deserve your vote."
Still, the newspaper went far beyond a non-endorsement of Trump. What makes the Morning News's backing of Clinton so striking is how full-throated it was.
The paper could have picked Clinton merely by process of elimination or even declined to endorse either candidate, as it did in the 1964 contest between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater.
Instead, the editorial board praised Clinton.
This is another example of conservatives who put principle over party loyalty, something that is sorely lacking in the radical rabid right wing Tea Party -- those Goopers are so besotted with Hillary Hate that they've prostituted themselves (2. A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.) and betrayed their core values because they hate Hillary more than they love America.
There are more than a few principled conservatives who fled from Trump as it was increasingly clear that he has no core values, that he is not a conservative, that his professed Christianity is not genuine, and that he is what Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, claimed -- the very definition of a racist.
Yet, astoundingly, there are conservatives who continue to support Trump and who will vote for the worst candidate any political party has ever proposed for POTUS. Those conservatives know what a remarkably repulsive person and candidate Trump is, but they believe Hillary is worse. They've bought into the b.s. that's been thrown at her for the last 25 years. As The Dallas Morning News wrote, she is not without flaws, but she is far and away the better qualified, the more experienced, and the tougher of the two, able to stand up to her critics and not retaliate with childish retaliatory tweets -- the way Trump does, demonstrating to the world that he is a thin-skinned, narcissist who would be a danger to the U.S. and her allies.
Kudos to The Dallas Morning News for putting principle over party.
For those who continue to believe Trump would be a competent and skillful president, there will be a reckoning on November 8 when you look in the mirror and see a person who was willing to place our country in harm's way just to spite Hillary Clinton.
Here's PM Carpenter on The Dallas Morning News' endorsement:
"If you're a conservative (and by that I mean a genuine conservative, not some tea-partying loon), a card-carrying Republican, even a partisan Clinton-loather, you needn't embrace the paper's opinion that Hillary deserves your vote. You need only appreciate that The Donald does not. You are free to slam Hillary, to blast her, to vilify her, to denounce her for all manner of Clintonian wickedness; but if you're the least bit honest with yourself, in the end you will embrace the simple reality that Donald Trump is infinitely more undeserving."
(Read the comment from Republican Anne J., in the PM Carpenter link.)