Conservative editorial boards, boards that have never taken a position, and the expected moderate and liberal standards are taking positions in the presidential race. A bunch are calling for a Clinton presidency. Unsurprisingly, there’s a landslide against Trump. That last point is important.
Some in the media and principled conservatives failed to cover Trump in substance this year. They played into the showboating reality-TV nature of his campaign. Parroting his childish aggressions against his opponents, they failed to address the plain fact that he’s abusive. When he lied about thousands of people enjoying the carnage on 9.11.2001, interviewers failed to confront him about it in person or on the telephone as was often the case. When he called Mexicans rapists, slung mud at women, and has called for “law and order” with stop and frisk, where has the defense of decency been? Sadly, it was not present in much of our mainstream media and sadly lacking from leading Republicans. Not all. Mitt Romney, Christy Todd Whitman, and John Kasich are noted exceptions. It’s been decades since a major party’s fate or the country’s has been hitched to a lunatic. The newspapers are seeing this.
USA Today has never taken a position in the presidential race but they’ve declared Trump unfit to be president:
He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements typically range from uninformed to incoherent. It’s not just Democrats who say this. Scores of Republican national security leaders have signed an extraordinary open letter calling Trump’s foreign policy vision “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.” In a Wall Street Journal column this month, Robert Gates, the highly respected former Defense secretary who served presidents of both parties over a half-century, described Trump as “beyond repair.”
The Cincinnati Enquirer came out against Trump, describing him as “a clear and present danger to our country.”
Trump brands himself as an outsider untainted by special interests, but we see a man utterly corrupted by self-interest. His narcissistic bid for the presidency is more about making himself great than America. Trump tears our country and many of its people down with his words so that he can build himself up. What else are we left to believe about a man who tells the American public that he alone can fix what ails us?
They followed up with a Facebook live event.
The Arizona Republic hasn’t endorsed a Democratic in its 126-year history. They have noted Clinton’s “steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting,” qualities they clearly find Trump lacking.
Trump mocked a reporter’s physical handicap. Picked a fight with a Gold Star family. Insulted POWs. Suggested a Latino judge can’t be fair because of his heritage. Proposed banning Muslim immigration.
Each of those comments show a stunning lack of human decency, empathy and respect. Taken together they reveal a candidate who doesn’t grasp our national ideals.
They followed The Dallas Morning News who previously endorsed Clinton, noting that she is the only “serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November.”
We reject the politics of personal destruction. Clinton has made mistakes and displayed bad judgment, but her errors are plainly in a different universe than her opponent’s.
Trump’s values are hostile to conservatism. He plays on fear — exploiting base instincts of xenophobia, racism and misogyny — to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best. His serial shifts on fundamental issues reveal an astounding absence of preparedness. And his improvisational insults and midnight tweets exhibit a dangerous lack of judgment and impulse control.
The Tulsa World, has decided to abstain from endorsing a Republican in 75 years.
In place of competence or facts, Trump’s campaign relies on faith. And not the type of faith most believe in, but rather a faith in Trump himself. In trade, terrorism and immigration, he promises the moon. Not just any moon, but a HUGE moon, the most magnificent moon ever! But when pressed for how he will produce this lunar miracle, he just says, “Believe me.” We don’t believe.
Combine these with the civil war in the right wing media, and the conservative pundits, intellectuals, and strategists like David Brooks, George Will, David Frum, and Rick Wilson’s snarky tweets. When Robert Gates, George Will, Christy Todd Whitman, Van Jones, and I all agree on something it must be really clear: the Trump campaign must be stopped.
Every time a DC consultant or GOP Congressman says to me, “Don’t worry, we’ll get past endorsing Trump and rebuild” https://t.co/MDhZcBhiTc
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 29, 2016
In today’s flash and bang media, these endorsements and other elite statements hold less sway than they did a generation ago. And the bizarro world alt-right-infected echo chamber that’s evolved in media makes this pretty rough…to say the least.
But, as John Weaver from the Kasich campaign told Huff Post, winning endorsements in New Hampshire and the nearby Boston Globe helped boost Kasich to second in the state’s primary. Importantly, he said “I believe [endorsements] do matter,especially in a tight race when there are thoughtful Republicans [and] particularly suburban, college-educated Republicans struggling with their choice.” [Emphasis mine.] People who want to be informed and understand issues will find these pieces helpful and persuasive.
Clinton has the right temperament, experience, and knows what to do as president. Trump lacks good judgment, human decency, respect, and he is hostile to conservatism and liberalism both. He is completely corrupted by his own ego, devoid of any sense that he should or could be accountable to others. Everyone who does understand these issues and has a grounded sense of dignity will unite against him and should vote for Hillary Clinton.
Not only will the sheer number of anti-Trump statements will make a difference. They’ll make even more difference if we make them make a difference.