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After Backing Republicans For Almost A Century, Cincinnati Enquirer Endorses Hillary Clinton

"But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times."

The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, breaking from a nearly century-long tradition of backing Republicans.

Several conservative editorial boards have backed Clinton in this year's presidential race.
Several conservative editorial boards have backed Clinton in this year's presidential race.

When considering their decision this year, the editorial board of the Enquirer said they didn’t take breaking their tradition of endorsing GOP candidates lightly.

“But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times,” they wrote.

The board called Clinton and her Republican rival, Donald Trump, “the most unpopular pair of presidential candidates in American history.”

“Trump, despite all of his bluster about wanting to ‘make America great again,’ has exploited and expanded our internal divisions,” they wrote. “Clinton’s arrogance and unwillingness to admit wrongdoing have made her a divisive and distrusted figure as well.”

The board called Trump “a clear and present danger to our country,” citing his lack of foreign policy experience and exclusionary remarks about women and minorities as some of their “fears” about his candidacy.

"Hillary Clinton has her faults, certainly, but she has spent a lifetime working to improve the lives of Americans both inside and outside of Washington,” they wrote. “It’s time to elect the first female U.S. president ― not because she’s a woman, but because she’s hands-down the most qualified choice.”

Read the Enquirer’s full endorsement here.

The Dallas Morning News, another paper that has traditionally backed Republican presidential candidates, endorsed Clinton earlier this month. The paper’s editorial board slammed Donald Trump in a scathing op-ed the day before it gave Clinton its endorsement, saying Trump is “no Republican and certainly no conservative.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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