Foreign Policy breaks with tradition to endorse Hillary Clinton
For the first time in Foreign Policy’s nearly 50-year history, it has endorsed a candidate for president: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“In the nearly half century history of Foreign Policy, the editors of this publication have never endorsed a candidate for political office,” the editors wrote in its endorsement. “We cherish and fiercely protect this publication’s independence and its reputation for objectivity, and we deeply value our relationship with all of our readers, regardless of political orientation. It is for all these reasons that FP’s editors are now breaking with tradition to endorse Hillary Clinton for the next president of the United States.”
The editors of Foreign Policy called Clinton “one of the best qualified candidates this country has produced since World War II” who is “unquestionably well-prepared to lead this country.”
“Were she to be elected as this country’s first woman president, not only would it be historic and send an important signal about both inclusiveness and Americans’ commitment to electing candidates who have distinguished themselves on their merits, but she would enter office having already put down one great threat to the United States of America — the grotesque and deeply disturbing prospect of a Donald Trump presidency,” the editors wrote.
The editors also slammed Trump for a “litany of reasons,” including his support of torture, his views on using nuclear weapons, and what the board sees as dangers to “the international economy, global security, to America’s allies, as well as to countless innocents everywhere who would be the victims of his inexperience.” They also cited Trump’s apparent support of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who they called “a tyrant and a menace.”
“The litany of reasons Trump poses such a threat is so long that it is, in fact, shocking that he is a major party’s candidate for the presidency,” the wrote. “…Trump is the worst major-party candidate this republic has ever produced.”