Where is Julius Streicher when you need him. (Oh, right. In Hell. The publisher of Der Stürmer dropped through the trapdoor of a gallows in October 1946, convicted of war crimes.) Say what you will about Herr Streicher. He loved him some Hitler!
More and more American newspapers that in the past would have seen their editorial boards eat heaping bowls of what a bear does in the woods before endorsing a Democrat have demonstrated a quality that some in the progressive side of the media felt they lacked — actual patriotism. Not the flag waving, support the troops, pledge of allegiance, Star Spangled Banner and wearing a flag pin on the lapel sort of phony patriotism so favored by the right wing. This is real, red-blooded American patriotism.
The Arizona Republic has never endorsed a Democrat for president. Not once since the first broadsheet hit the dusty pavement in 1890. The Republic endorsed FDR’s opponents at the height of World War II, for heaven’s sake.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle — all solidly Republican — endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Even newspapers that couldn’t go quite as far as to endorse a Democrat chose to endorse Libertarian Gary Johnson.
Trump remains without a single major newspaper endorsement.
Adding insult to injury, a major newspaper that has never endorsed any presidential candidate has broken its own rule — they didn’t specifically endorse Clinton. Instead, they blew Trump’s little boat out of the water.
In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.
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.
Not that it should be a total loss for Der Drumpf.
The National Enquirer endorsed Trump…back in the primaries.
And he has the undying love of the Daily Stormer.