Newspaper presidential endorsements 2016: A big break with tradition

In 34 years, USA Today has never endorsed a presidential candidate. However, that changed on Friday, when the editorial board broke from precedent: not to endorse Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, however, or a third party candidate, but to denounce Donald Trump.

“This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates – Republican nominee Donald Trump – is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency,” the board writes, citing habits such as “traffic[king] in prejudice,” a “checkered” business career, recklessness, and dishonesty.

The editorial, while perhaps unlikely to influence many individuals’ choice on election day, speaks to how uniquely challenging this election cycle has been, particularly for Republicans. READ MORE.