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In its 126-year history, The Arizona Republic, Arizona’s largest newspaper, has always endorsed a Republican candidate for president.
But that changed with Donald Trump.
For the first time, the newspaper’s editorial board endorsed a Democratic candidate: Hillary Clinton.
“The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified,” the board wrote of Trump.
In the piece, the newspaper praises Clinton’s political track record and her ability to withstand criticism throughout her career, including from Trump, who has often crossed generally accepted boundaries during this election cycle – hitting Clinton’s personal and professional life in ways the paper describes as “demeaning.”
“They are evidence of deep character flaws,” the board wrote. “They are part of a pattern.”
“The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting,” the board wrote. “Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.”
The publication criticizes Trump’s controversies on the campaign trail – many of which have prompted critics to question whether he is fit to be commander in chief.
“The president commands our nuclear arsenal,” the board wrote. “Trump can’t command his own rhetoric.”
Slamming Trump’s use of divisive rhetoric in his effort to appeal to downtrodden, working-class voters, the editorial board vaulted Clinton as a centrist who “knows how to compromise and to lead with intelligence, decorum, and perspective.”
“This is Hillary Clinton’s opportunity,” the board wrote. “She can reach out to those who feel left behind. She can make it clear that America sees them and will address their concerns.”