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No major newspaper endorses Trump: Even among conservative news

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People in the know reject Trump, stick a fork in him, he is burnt toast!!!!!!!!


Donald Trump is making conservative newspapers do things they never thought they would do.


The Arizona Republic, formerly the Arizona Republican, had never endorsed a Democrat for president in its 126-year history. Then Donald Trump came along.


The newspaper's conservative editorial board on Tuesday threw its support behind Hillary Clinton, calling her "the only choice to move America ahead."


"The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative, and he is not qualified," the Phoenix paper wrote. "That's why, for the first time in our history, the Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president."


The Arizona Republic joins a growing list of newspapers with right-leaning editorial boards that are breaking with tradition and rejecting Trump. The Cincinnati Enquirer, noting it "has supported Republicans for president for almost a century," endorsed Clinton on Friday. The Dallas Morning News backed Clinton earlier in the month, even though it "has not recommended a Democrat for the nation's highest office since before World War II." And the Houston Chronicle endorsed Clinton in July, marking just the second time in 13 elections that it has supported a Democrat.


Clinton also has earned more expected endorsements from the likes of the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.


Trump, meanwhile, has not yet picked up the general-election endorsement of a single daily newspaper, although it is still early. Three other right-leaning papers — the Union Leader of Manchester, N.H., the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal and the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch — have backed Libertarian Gary Johnson.


For the Arizona Republic, the decision to support Clinton appears to have come down to temperament:

Despite her flaws, Clinton is the superior choice.

She does not casually say things that embolden our adversaries and frighten our allies. Her approach to governance is mature, confident and rational.

That cannot be said of her opponent.

Clinton retains her composure under pressure. She's tough. She doesn't back down.

Trump responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads.

That's beneath our national dignity.

When the president of the United States speaks, the world expects substance. Not a blistering tweet.

Trump often revels in negative media coverage, suggesting it validates his outsider status and proves that he is the change-maker the "establishment" fears. Indeed, many Trump voters seem drawn to the real estate magnate because of the bad press he receives, not in spite of it.


Still, while repudiation by the New York Times editorial board is a badge of honor for a Republican nominee, virtually any GOP standard-bearer ought to be able to win over the Arizona Republic, which strongly supported hometown son Barry Goldwater.

But it just couldn't go there with Trump.

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