The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday backed Hillary Clinton ― the first Democrat the paper has endorsed for president in over 75 years.
“We’ve been critical of Clinton’s handling of certain issues in the past,” the newspaper said. “But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy.”
Though they recommended her for president, the Morning News urged Clinton to take “additional steps to divorce allegations of influence peddling from the Clinton Foundation,” which has faced increased scrutiny amid allegations of ethical impropriety during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, and called on the candidate to hold more press conferences.
“Those are real shortcomings. But they pale in comparison to the litany of evils some opponents accuse her of,” the editorial said. “Treason? Murder? Her being cleared of crimes by investigation after investigation has no effect on these political hyenas; they refuse to see anything but conspiracies and cover-ups.”
Earlier Tuesday, the paper issued a scathing editorial calling Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald Trump, unfit for the presidency and undeserving of Texans’ votes. The businessman, the paper’s editorial board said, is “no Republican and certainly no conservative.”
“We have no interest in a Republican nominee for whom all principles are negotiable, nor in a Republican Party that is willing to trade away principle for pursuit of electoral victory,” the paper added.
Read the Dallas Morning News editorial on Clinton here.