The Arizona Republic, which was founded in 1890, under the name The Arizona Republican, never backed a Democratic presidential candidate in its 126-year-old history.
Until this year.
The staunchly conservative newspaper just endorsed Hillary Clinton, only a day after she won the first presidential face-off of this year against her Republican rival Donald Trump.
However, it isn’t just the support of the newspaper for a Democratic candidate that’s historic. Equally incredible is the endorsement penned by its editorial staff.
Here’s why: Unlike most American voters this year, who are apparently “choosing lesser of the two evils” this election season, the Arizona Republic’s approval of Clinton doesn’t come across as forced. The best part about it is the ruthless, profound and well-deserved rejection of Trump.
“The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand,” the editorial reads. “A cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting. Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not. Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.”
“In a nation with an increasingly diverse population, Trump offers a recipe for permanent civil discord,” the paper added. “In a global economy, he offers protectionism and a false promise to bring back jobs that no longer exist. America needs to look ahead and build a new era of prosperity for the working class. This is Hillary Clinton’s opportunity. She can reach out to those who feel left behind. She can make it clear that America sees them and will address their concerns. She can move us beyond rancor and incivility. The Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton for president.”
The Arizona Republic’s rebuke of the GOP candidate comes only a week after former U.S. President George H.W. Bush reportedly said he will vote for Clinton in November.
Trump has turned out to be the most divisive Republican candidate in history of American politics. Since the beginning of his presidential campaign last year, several GOP members have questioned whether the boorish billionaire even belongs in the party.
In fact, in the wake of Trump’s incendiary rhetoric, a growing number of both current and former GOP lawmakers — nearly two dozen — have come out against Trump.