The Arizona Republic has said it will back Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
It will be the first time The Arizona Republic, which began publication in 1890, will endorse a Democrat for president. While this highlights the publication’s Republican principles, the story is a little different this year.
As reported by AZ Central, although the fact that The Arizona Republic has until now never endorsed a Democrat “reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals,” it says that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “is not conservative” and “is not qualified.”
The Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton: Former secretary has temperament to be president
The media outlet, lauding Clinton, noted that “the challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.”
Clinton, the outlet further wrote, has the “temperament” and “experience” to serve as president of the United States. She also outrivals Trump in her experience – which includes serving as the First Lady, senator and secretary of state.
Despite the private email fiasco for which she was hugely criticized, she has “withstood decades of scrutiny so intense it would wither most politicians.” Meanwhile, Trump has not released his tax returns.
Trump has gained notoriety for his stand on walls and mass deportations. According to recent polls, Arizonans do not support deportations that Trump endorses. Clinton, in contrast, has called for comprehensive reform of the immigration system.
“Her support for a pathway to citizenship and her call for compassion for families torn apart by deportation are consistent with her longtime support for human rights,” the outlet says.
The Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton: Former secretary of state lauded by veteran journalist
Veteran Dan Rather analyzed Monday’s debate at the Hofstra University, comparing the two candidates on how they performed. While Rather called Clinton “substantive,” he criticized Trump for his “cartoonish policy positions” and a sneering demeanor.
“Ladies and gentlemen, whatever civility once existed in our politics is tonight officially dead,” Rather said in a Facebook post. “Never in the history of televised debates have we witnessed such a show.”
Praising Clinton, Rather said, “From the very beginning, the body language tonight was striking. Hillary Clinton, the first woman ever to be on this stage was calm and substantive. Donald Trump interrupted often and slouched and sneered as he turned to address her. This is what Trump’s fans like about him, playing the alpha male at all costs. Clinton seemed completely unflustered, which is what her fans love about her.”
In her time as secretary of state, Clinton ensured to make gender equality the focal point for U.S. foreign policy. Trump, in comparison, is infamously known for objectification of women and belittling comments.