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Donald Trump Compels 'USA Today' To Break a 34-Year-Old Rule

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 30, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | September 30, 2016 |

While America’s airport newspaper USA Today has expressed opinions about major issues during election years, it has never — until now — made an endorsement. Donald Trump has forced the newspaper’s hand, however, and the third largest newspaper in the country is breaking its own rule and declaring that “by unanimous consensus” the GOP nominee is “unfit for the presidency.”

The newspaper didn’t hold back, listing all the reasons in which Trump doesn’t deserve to be President. Among them, “he is erratic, he traffics in prejudice, he’s a serial liar, he speaks recklessly, and he is unfit to be commander in chief.”

Although polls show that Clinton is considered less honest and trustworthy than Trump, it’s not even a close contest. Trump is in a league of his own when it comes to the quality and quantity of his misstatements. When confronted with a falsehood, such as his assertion that he was always against the Iraq War, Trump’s reaction is to use the Big Lie technique of repeating it so often that people begin to believe it.

USA Today is just the latest newspaper to break from tradition this year. The Dallas Morning News, which has endorsed the Republican every election year since 1968 refused to do so this year. The Arizona Republican endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for the first time since 1890, and The Cincinnati Enquirer backed a Democrat for the first time in 100 years.

All of the above newspapers refused to endorse Trump at the risk of losings a substantial number of subscribers. Meanwhile, Donald Trump does have the endorsement of one national newspaper: The National Enquirer.

Dustin Rowles does not post photos of Donald Trump. In lieu of Trump, today he has posted a photo of Mandy Moore, who stars in NBC’s This Is Us, which has just been picked up for a full-season order. It’s a sweet show. You can follow Dustin on Twitter.

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