A mainstream media publication endorsing a Democrat is about as surprising as the sun rising in the morning.
However, USA Today has not made a presidential endorsement in its entire existence. Until this year.
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.
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.
The article continued on to viciously attack the character and competence of the GOP nominee, calling Trump:
-Ill-equipped to become commander-in-chief
-A serial liar
At the end of the column, USA Today actually had the nerve to say that in spite of their opinions on Trump, they are not “officially endorsing” Clinton.
Nor does this editorial represent unqualified support for Hillary Clinton, who has her own flaws (though hers are far less likely to threaten national security or lead to a constitutional crisis). The Editorial Board does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement.
While the paper has never made any formal endorsement of a presidential candidate before, USA Today’s biased media coverage might suggest otherwise if you read between the lines.
Once again, a mainstream media outlet has outed itself as what we knew them to be all along: a member of the Clinton campaign PR team.