For the first time in its 34-year history, USA Today is taking sides in a presidential election—and it's doing so in order to urge its readers not to vote for Donald Trump.
From the searing opinion piece the paper's board posted at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight:
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.
Wake up, Trumpsters—your guy is a fraud and a wannabe-dictator.
The paper did not endorse Hillary, but did state that some of its board admires her. The main focus was to avoid Trump at all costs, via third party, focusing on down-ballot contenders, by write-in or with a vote for HRC.
(P.S. I would've sworn USA Today was older. I thought it was seen in the background of the 1979 movie Time After Time?!)