By David Hylton
For the past three-plus decades, USA Today has remained neutral in presidential races, but that changed this week as the paper urged voters to vote ... but not for Donald Trump.
"Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years," the paper wrote. "We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now."
The paper says that Trump is "erratic," "is ill-equipped to be commander in chief" and is a "serial liar," among other things.
The USA Today editorial board, however, does not flat-out endorse Hillary Clinton for president, but did call her "the most plausible alternative."
"Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump," the paper said.
Newspapers across the country have been publishing endorsements in recent weeks with a few making history:
- The Arizona Republic endorsed Clinton, the first time the paper has endorsed a Democrat in its 126-year history
- The Detroit News endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson, the first time the paper hasn't endorsed a Republican
- The Chicago Tribune also endorsed Johnson, its first endorsement of a Libertarian
- In Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed Johnson, the first time the paper has endorsed a Libertarian