Friday, September 30, 2016

USA Today Has Never Taken Sides In A Presidential Race ... Until Now

Mod: Even the newspaper they give away in hotel lobbies is breaking all of the rules this year. We are living in interesting times.

In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.

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.

We’ve been highly critical of the GOP nominee in a number of previous editorials. With early voting already underway in several states and polls showing a close race, now is the time to spell out, in one place, the reasons Trump should not be president:

He is erratic. Trump has been on so many sides of so many issues that attempting to assess his policy positions is like shooting at a moving target. A list prepared by NBC details 124 shifts by Trump on 20 major issues since shortly before he entered the race. He simply spouts slogans and outcomes (he’d replace Obamacare with “something terrific”) without any credible explanations of how he’d achieve them.

He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements typically range from uninformed to incoherent. It’s not just Democrats who say this. Scores of Republican national security leaders have signed an extraordinary open letter calling Trump’s foreign policy vision “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.” In a Wall Street Journal column this month, Robert Gates, the highly respected former Defense secretary who served presidents of both parties over a half-century, described Trump as “beyond repair.”

He traffics in prejudice. From the very beginning, Trump has built his campaign on appeals to bigotry and xenophobia, whipping up resentment against Mexicans, Muslims and migrants. His proposals for mass deportations and religious tests are unworkable and contrary to America’s ideals.

Trump has stirred racist sentiments in ways that can’t be erased by his belated and clumsy outreach to African Americans. His attacks on an Indiana-born federal judge of Mexican heritage fit “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected official in the Republican Party. And for five years, Trump fanned the absurd “birther” movement that falsely questioned the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president.

His business career is checkered. Trump has built his candidacy on his achievements as a real estate developer and entrepreneur. It’s a shaky scaffold, starting with a 1973 Justice Department suit against Trump and his father for systematically discriminating against blacks in housing rentals. (The Trumps fought the suit but later settled on terms that were viewed as a government victory.) Trump’s companies have had some spectacular financial successes, but this track record is marred by six bankruptcy filings, apparent misuse of the family’s charitable foundation, and allegations by Trump University customers of fraud. A series of investigative articles published by the USA TODAY Network found that Trump has been involved in thousands of lawsuits over the past three decades, including at least 60 that involved small businesses and contract employees who said they were stiffed. So much for being a champion of the little guy.

He isn’t leveling with the American people. Is Trump as rich as he says? No one knows, in part because, alone among major party presidential candidates for the past four decades, he refuses to release his tax returns. Nor do we know whether he has paid his fair share of taxes, or the extent of his foreign financial entanglements.

He speaks recklessly. In the days after the Republican convention, Trump invited Russian hackers to interfere with an American election by releasing Hillary Clinton’s emails, and he raised the prospect of “Second Amendment people” preventing the Democratic nominee from appointing liberal justices. It’s hard to imagine two more irresponsible statements from one presidential candidate.

He has coarsened the national dialogue. Did you ever imagine that a presidential candidate would discuss the size of his genitalia during a nationally televised Republican debate? Neither did we. Did you ever imagine a presidential candidate, one who avoided service in the military, would criticize Gold Star parents who lost a son in Iraq? Neither did we. Did you ever imagine you’d see a presidential candidate mock a disabled reporter? Neither did we. Trump’s inability or unwillingness to ignore criticism raises the specter of a president who, like Richard Nixon, would create enemies’ lists and be consumed with getting even with his critics.

He’s a serial liar. 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.

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48 comments:

  1. REMEMBER, THE SKY IS FALLING!

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    1. All around the orange dyed head of Donald Trump.

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  2. You Trump supporters - how do you justify the death threats against the editorial board of the Arizona Republic, a conservative newspaper, that supports Clinton, that Trump is a "clear and present danger"? How do you not recognize the comparison to Hitler? Bernie supporters who say you won't vote - a nonvote gives Trump one more step toward the unimaginable.

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    1. They won't answer that.
      They will only change the subject.

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    2. Currently to the vital presidential topic of Miss Universe.

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    3. Another lie about her sex tape

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  3. Look at Benghaszi. Trumps supposed lies didn't cost any lives. She even like to the parents of the Benghazi victims when you told them it was caused by an anti-islamic video even though she knew at the time that it was a terrorist attack. Does the Tattler really believe her over the two separate parents one of whom even recorded the interaction in his diary. On top of all the other lives, do we really want someone like that as President.
    Let's also take her at her word that she was "flat broke" when they left the Whitehouse in 2000. Then Bill and Hillary proceeded to make a quarter of a billion dollars doing exactly what? Explain how they made that much money without having a job? Its called pay to play and selling access. How about the Clinton Foundation that was an employment agency that employed the likes of Sidney Blumenthal. It donated less than 10% to charity. Hillary should be in jail and not the White House as the Tattler wants.

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    1. Your post is all old and tired lies. Just like everything else out of the Trump camp. Howard Stern told CNN that Trump supported the war in Iraq on his show in 2002. Trump is running around like a complete jackass ranting and raving about Miss Universe. He's nuts, and your are full of baloney.

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    2. Howard Stern exposing Trump's Iraq lie link:
      https://politicalwire.com/2016/09/30/howard-stern-confirms-trump-backed-iraq-war/

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    3. Roy Cohn taught Trump to attack always - never engage in dialogue, just attack.
      It's fascinating that Trumpers do that so faithfully.

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    4. Yup just as 7:52 said - change the subject.

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    5. 6:59....it's gonna suck being you come November 9th....

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  4. Hillary's getting nervous.

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    1. Why? After Trump's looney toons debate performance she's killing him in the polls.
      http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/#now

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  5. Wasn't the USA sold back last year? Can't use past history if new editor runs new opinion pieces.

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  6. I would almost vote for Shrillery, if NATO would call all debt's owed to the United States to be paid in full.

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    1. Thanks for your perfect echoing of the Vladimir Putin line on NATO. In the past it was the left that served as Russia's useful idiots. In 2016 the useful idiots are so-called "Trump conservatives."

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  7. "Card carrying Elites"; USA editoral does not support either Candidate. Its a weak attempt to get readership from???

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    1. No. They decided they were so offended by Trump's lying and general weird creepiness that they would read him off in their paper.

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    2. 7 43. The "left" continues to be "useful Idiots"; you slap a likenesses of Che on a Brown Shirt and watch how many "useful Idiots" wear it for fashion. You may as well sew on a star and number to complete the look.

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    3. The "T" in Tea Party now stands for treason.

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    4. You're so right 8:07. Worst vote I ever cast was for that tea party nutcase Tim Donelly. Second worst was for the bullet train.

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  8. Trump's poll numbers in Florida are in a tailspin. Newsweek magazine's revelations about his secret and illegal dealings with Fidel Castro are killing him there.

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    1. From an on-line source: Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald tweeted Friday that a negative story about Donald Trump was temporarily down Thursday night after the paper’s website was attacked by hackers.

      Eichenwald reported Thursday that a company controlled by Trump took steps to invest in Cuba in the 1990’s and took business trips to Havana, a violation of the U.S. embargo. But late Thursday, Newsweek‘s website went down entirely.

      At first, Eichenwald announced that that website went down because of high traffic. But half an hour later, he said the site was attacked by “hackers.”

      Last night, @Newsweek crashed from flood of ppl trying 2 read story about Trump breaking Cuban embargo. It’s back. https://t.co/BLWD7ga1BZ

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    2. A Donald Trump aide in Florida resigned Friday over concerns she has with the direction of the campaign, according to Bloomberg.

      “It is clear the campaign is now going in a direction I am no longer comfortable with and I have decided to move on,” Healy Baumgardner, a longtime GOP operative, told Bloomberg.

      The resignation follows a series of late-night tweets from Trump's account directed at former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whose story of insulting treatment by Trump was cited by Hillary Clinton in Monday's presidential debate.

      When he was a top executive with the Miss Universe pageant, Trump called Machado “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Machado was crowned Miss Venezuela in 1996.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2016/09/trump-adviser-in-florida-resigns-105972

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  9. Check out this brief NYT article about the first part of a new biography of Hitler, "a politician who rose to power through demagoguery, showmanship and nativist appeals to the masses." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/books/hitler-ascent-volker-ullrich.html?_r=0

    Sound like someone we know?

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    1. Time Magazine: David Duke Says He and Donald Trump Have the Same Message
      http://time.com/4514350/david-duke-donald-trump-senate-louisiana/

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    2. The boys in the hood.

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  10. The Arizona Republic; another "old guard of the Elites". Unusual for a conservative rag to fall on their pen; but Politics do make strange bed fellows.

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  11. Treason is an unsecured mainframe holding all that e -transparent mail marked with a "C".

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    1. Time to bring this one out into the open. Listening to these dirtbags mouth Vladimir Putin's talking points because they think it will benefit their roaring fat pig of a candidate is nothing less than sedition. They are advocating for the agenda of a hostile foreign power that is engaged in hacking the American electoral system. Done in hopes of destroying NATO, weakening America and electing their weak fool of a puppet president.

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  12. Politico: Trump deposition video set for release
    By JOSH GERSTEIN 09/30/16 11:07 AM EDT
    A video of Donald Trump testifying under oath about his provocative rhetoric about Mexicans and other Latinos is set to go public as soon as Friday, drawing new attention to those comments just weeks before voters cast their ballots in the presidential race.
    Trump gave the testimony in June at a law office in Washington in connection with one of two lawsuits he filed last year after prominent chefs reacted to the controversy over his remarks by pulling out of plans to open restaurants at his new D.C. hotel.
    D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman said in an order issued Thursday evening that fears the testimony might show up in campaign commercials were no basis to keep the public from seeing the video.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/09/trump-deposition-video-release-schedule-228953#ixzz4LktRXKsn

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  13. Trump has become unhinged.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-tweets-alicia-machado-134018710.html

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  14. 659-Check out the facts of the Clinton Foundation, you obviously haven't. And, how many times can you yell Benghazi, Benghazi, the Republicans have spent a fortune of our tax money trying to get her on that. If you want Trump, fine. But, can you say why he is a viable candidate without talking about Sec. Clinton??
    As a woman there is no way I could vote for him. She has done a lot in her career to help people if you bother to check.
    Most of all he doesn't seem to want to learn anything, since he "is the smartest".

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    1. The Trumpy's talking points are tired and old.

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  15. 8:24 am name calling ain't going change the Los Angeles Times poll of Trump being 5 points ahead. I could comment on Hillary's back side and her cover up's in her choice of fashion. But i won't. I could comment on Hillary being a lifer in the public sector and her buying her way out with big money except when "she" left the White House dirt poor. I could comment on her "shaming " of the women her husband abused. But i won't. Crooked Hillary is the title that sticks.

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    1. But you just did talk about them. Because you are creepy.

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    2. Trump fans can't tell the truth. Who would vote for him if they did?

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  16. You are speaking of the Benghazi Video? and that New York Chefs cant afford to open their kitchens in the new Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. because they under pay their Latino staff?

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  17. Hillary has spent 32 million in ads vs. Trumps 5 million; as of today.

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    1. Hillary's campaign has run circles around Trainwreck Trump.

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    2. It's surprising that Trump has spent anything.
      He's got that tabloid sensibility, the shock and bully approach that will always get coverage. It's pre Hollywood PR stuff. Mark Burnett is no fool when it comes to garnering attention.

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    3. Tabloid journalism built Trump up, and now it is tearing him down. Miss Universe, Howard Stern, sex tapes and the infidelities that led to his three Barbie Doll marriages. There are two sides to the tabloid beast, and now Trump is being ripped to pieces.

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    4. Now wait just a minute 2:20. Those are the new Republican values that you're dissing.

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  18. I am convinced that Trump is one of the most unethical people in American politics. Anyone supporting him should examine their own values and ethics. He would ruin American life and proves this daily as he is not capable of leading but attacking, denying his own behavior and throws 3ed grade tantrums. This is not what is expected by the most powerful world leader.

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  19. W really, really, really hopes Trump wins. Then W won't be the Worst president of all time.

    Never imagined it possible that someone could be worse in my lifetime.

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  20. Rape Allegations Refiled Against Donald Trump
    http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/09/30/rape-allegations-refiled-against-donald-trump.htm

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  21. The paper didn't endorse HRC, they only condemned Rump.

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