Ohio newspaper breaks with tradition, endorses Clinton
The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday broke with 100 years of tradition, endorsing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.
The Ohio newspaper in an editorial said the choice was not pleasant.
“Like millions of Americans, The Dispatch editorial board has asked this question more than once: How, in a nation of more than 300 million people, did we end up with two such disliked and distrusted presidential candidates?” editors asked.
But they added that their decision was not difficult.
“Republican candidate Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States. Democrat Hillary Clinton, despite her flaws, is well-equipped for the job.”
The Dispatch has traditionally endorsed Republican presidential candidates. In fact, the last time it endorsed a Democrat was in 1916, when it backed Woodrow Wilson’s reelection bid.
But the newspaper’s editors said Trump does not “espouse or support” traditional Republican values. Editors also called the billionaire a “liar of epic proportions,” a bigot and a braggart.
The Dispatch also said third-party votes could help Trump win the White House.
In its endorsement, editors pointed to Clinton’s history as first lady, senator and secretary of state and her focus on families, women and children.