USA Today is making waves by breaking longstanding tradition and weighing in on a presidential election, calling Donald Trump "unfit" for the presidency.
Reaction to USA Today's unprecedented anti-endorsement has been fast and furious:
They've never taken sides in a presidential race until now: USA TODAY Ed Board: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency' https://t.co/PKAjrzm4Lw
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) September 29, 2016
— of it (@Iiztired) September 30, 2016
'Don't vote for Trump,' says USA Today in first presidential endorsement in its history https://t.co/o0Wx2pzyu6
— David Brown (@BookSellerNG) September 30, 2016
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 30, 2016
"By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump." - USA Today editorial board https://t.co/nub9n3Lepd
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) September 30, 2016
“Erratic”… “Ill-equipped”… “Traffics in prejudice”… “Isn’t leveling”… “Speaks recklessly”… “Serial liar” https://t.co/FnpKA9booF
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) September 29, 2016
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) September 29, 2016
More from the Editorial Board:
From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.
Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.