The Texas paper hinted at its choice in an editorial run on Tuesday where it said that 'Donald Trump is no Republican and certainly no conservative.'
The Dallas Morning News went there. Yesterday the largest newspaper in Texas gave a strong hint that it would break with tradition and not endorse a Republican for president for the first time since 1964 when the paper stayed neutral in the battle between favorite son candidate LBJ and the Republican Barry Goldwater.
“What does it mean to be a Republican?” the paper asked in an editorial yesterday. “With Donald Trump as the party’s new standard-bearer, it’s impossible to say.”
“Donald Trump is no Republican and certainly no conservative,” the paper concluded.
But would the paper actually endorse Hillary Clinton, a Democratic candidate with such high unfavorables that she would be considered unelectable in any other election?
The Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sunday also thought Trump the wrong candidate, but they chose to endorse the Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.
“There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We recommend Hillary Clinton.”
This marks the first time the paper has endorsed a Democrat since it went for FDR before World War II.
During the Texas primary, the paper had endorsed Clinton on the Democratic side, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on the Republican side, despite the fact that its Senator Ted Cruz was on the ballot (and won).
Despite the unusual endorsement, neither Breitbart News, whose head is running Trump’s campaign, nor Fox News, reported the story this morning.
…The board acknowledged that the decision to support a Democrat this year was not an easy one, and that it had serious differences with some of Clinton’s policies. But “resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest,” they noted.
The rare endorsement also eviscerated the many right-wing conspiracy theories directed at Clinton, including accusations the former secretary of state was guilty of treason and murder. The condemnation of such strategies comes as Trump continues to make dog-whistle claims suggesting his presidential rival lacks the stamina to be the president.
But as signs of the times go, the Dallas Morning News backing a Democrat is pretty powerful.
Their editorial statement reads like a child who must choose between eating vegetables and his parents’ digestive organs…
…Easily the best part of all of this is that it comes with dramatic Photoshops of Clinton and Trump. The(y) are set in red and blue to reflect the parties, but the chiaroscuro vibe casts the two of them as a hero and villain about to fight for the presidency via lightsaber battle.