An Ohio newspaper that has consistently supported Republican candidates for nearly a century has broken from tradition to endorse Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.
On Sept. 23, the editorial board of the Cincinnati Enquirer urged its readers to vote for Clinton.
While the historically Republican-leaning board noted some deep reservations about the former secretary of state, it deemed GOP nominee Donald Trump to be “a clear and present danger to our country.”
The editorial board praised Clinton for a distinguished career as a senator, when she worked across the aisle to pass legislation with GOP lawmakers, her role in securing health care for 9/11 first responders and her efforts to help American families.
“Clinton has spent more than 40 years fighting for women’s and children’s rights,” the editorial board wrote. “As first lady, she unsuccessfully fought for universal health care but helped to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides health care to more than 8 million kids today.”
The Ohio newspaper also praised Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, noting she had helped restore America’s standing in the international community and had been a key adviser in President Barack Obama’s decision to pursue and kill al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden.
The editorial board added that while the 2012 Benghazi in Libya attack was a tragedy, it was “never the diabolical conspiracy that Republicans wanted us to believe, and Clinton was absolved of blame after lengthy investigations.”
The editorial team criticized Clinton for her lack of transparency, from her inability to admit wrongdoing for using a private email server while serving at the State Department to her infrequent press conferences.
The newspaper did conclude that Clinton has run a campaign of inclusiveness and has largely been promoting a message of diversity and unity.
Meanwhile, the editorial board blasted Trump, describing him as a candidate with governing record, no foreign policy credentials and a volatile temperament.
“Do we really want someone in charge of our military and nuclear codes who has an impulse control problem?” the editorial board wrote.
The newspaper offered a scalding critique of Trump’s rhetoric, deeming him as a racist, misogynist and a narcissist “utterly corrupted by self-interest.”
The editorial board deemed Trump the more dishonest candidate, blasting him for his involvement in the "birther" movement that had attempted to delegitimize President Barack Obama.
“Trump has played fast and loose with the support of white supremacist groups,” the Ohio newspaper stated. “He has praised some of our country’s most dangerous enemies -- see Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un and Saddam Hussein -- while insulting a sitting president, our military generals, a Gold Star family and prisoners of war like Sen. John McCain.”
The editorial board also dismissed Trump’s status as a successful businessman, noting that he has shipped many of his jobs overseas and failed to pay numerous contractors who have worked for him. It concluded the business mogul’s refusal to release his tax returns made his business credentials mysterious at best.
“In these uncertain times, America needs a brave leader, not bravado,” the Ohio newspaper concluded. “Real solutions, not paper-thin promises. A clear eye toward the future, not a cynical appeal to the good old days.”
Ohio has been deemed a must-win battleground for the Trump campaign. On Sept. 21, a Fox News poll found that Trump led in Ohio with 42 percent with Clinton coming in second with 37 percent.
The Cincinnati Enquirer is not the only historically Republican newspaper to snub Trump in favor of Clinton.
On Sept. 7, The Dallas Morning News' editorial board endorsed Clinton for president, bucking 75 years of traditionally backing GOP candidates.
“Trump’s values are hostile to conservatism,” the Texas newspaper stated. “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 ... Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote.”