Saying that Hillary Clinton “is the only choice to move America ahead,” the Arizona Republic has endorsed a Democratic candidate for the first time in its 126-year history.
In their endorsement statement, the paper claims they have a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals, but say Trump is not conservative and therefore not qualified.
They state that Clinton “has withstood decades of scrutiny so intense it would wither most politicians… but Trump hasn’t even let the American people scrutinize his tax returns.”
Oh, they do admit Clinton has flaws:
Make no mistake: Hillary Clinton has flaws. She has made serious missteps. Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State was a mistake, as she has acknowledged. Donations to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of State raise concerns that donors were hoping to buy access. Though there is no evidence of wrongdoing, she should have put up a firewall.
Yet despite her flaws, Clinton is the superior choice. She does not casually say things that embolden our adversaries and frighten our allies. Her approach to governance is mature, confident and rational.
The paper claims Clinton can deal better with international challenges, and they pound Trump for his statements about crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
She is intimately familiar with the challenges we face in our relations with Russia, China, the Middle East, North Korea and elsewhere. She’ll stand by our friends and she’s not afraid to confront our enemies.
Contrast Clinton’s tenacity and professionalism with Trump, who began his campaign with gross generalities about Mexico and Mexicans as criminals and rapists. These were careless slaps at a valued trading partner and Arizona’s neighbor. They were thoughtless insults about people whose labor and energy enrich our country.
The paper is also upset about Trump meeting with the President of Mexico:
Trump demonstrated his clumsiness on the world stage by making nice with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto only a few hours before appearing in Phoenix to deliver yet another rant about Mexican immigrants and border walls.
They’ve put out their own little campaign ad video, attacking Trump and voicing their support for Clinton: