The Arizona Republic, formerly the Arizona Republican, had never endorsed a Democrat for president in its 126-year history. Then Donald Trump came along.
The newspaper’s conservative editorial board on Tuesday threw its support behind Hillary Clinton, calling her “the only choice to move America ahead.”
“The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative, and he is not qualified,” the Phoenix paper wrote. “That’s why, for the first time in our history, the Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.”
The Arizona Republic joins a growing list of newspapers with right-leaning editorial boards that are breaking with tradition and rejecting Trump. The Cincinnati Enquirer, noting it “has supported Republicans for president for almost a century,” endorsed Clinton on Friday. The Dallas Morning News backed Clinton earlier in the month, even though it “has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since before World War II.” And the Houston Chronicle endorsed Clinton in July, marking just the second time in 13 elections that it has supported a Democrat.
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