'The Arizona Republic' Endorses Its First Democrat for President in Its History

Posted September 29, 2016

Since before the advent of the Model T, the right-leaning Arizona Republic hadn't endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president.

The Arizona Republic has been publishing since 1890, and for that 126-year span, the newspaper's editorial board would like you to know that they didn't fuck around with any Democrats.

At the end of last week, the Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed Clinton while noting that it had "supported Republicans for president for nearly a century". The newspaper hopes its readers will too. The editorial board eviscerated Trump, much the same way the Union-Leaderand some mainstream Republicans have criticized his bigoted run for the presidency as showing "a stunning lack of human decency, empathy and respect" and for being "beneath our national dignity" before cataloguing its unprecedented support for Clinton.

"You might find after reading our endorsements that you like the other candidates better".

"T$3 hey shudder at the thought of Hillary Clinton naming Supreme Court justices", the board wrote. She has a record of public service.

The endorsement is especially notable because the Republic has always backed Republicans for president. Hillary Clinton understands this. It said she can reach out to those who have felt like they have been left behind and she can move the country beyond rancor and incivility. "She can make it clear that America sees them and will address their concerns", it said.

She is intimately familiar with the challenges we face in our relations with Russia, China, the Middle East, North Korea and elsewhere.

And specifically for Arizona - a state with a significant Latino population - the newspaper said Trump wouldn't be able to "broker solutions" like Clinton. After all, the state's efforts to impose strict, proto-Trump immigration reform with the SB 1070 "show me your papers" law didn't pan out so well.

Referring to Trump, the board wrote, "The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified". Clinton's ability to lead with intelligence was cited by the Arizona Republic. But as in the case of The Dallas Morning News and Cincinnati Enquirer, others were critical and vowed to unsubscribe.

Trump, as of this writing, has received no endorsements from major publications since the primary season. George H.W. Bush privately said he will vote for the former Cabinet member, according to a Facebook post from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former Maryland lieutenant governor.