USA Today, known for its political neutrality, has published an op-ed against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race,” the paper said. “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.”
The newspaper goes on to list several reasons why it doesn’t believe Trump is fit for the presidency.
“He is erratic,” the paper claims. “Trump has been on so many sides of so many issues that attempting to assess his policy positions is like shooting at a moving target.”
“He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief,” the paper continues. “Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements typically range from uninformed to incoherent. It’s not just Democrats who say this.
The paper goes on to mention “scores of Republicans,” many of whom enthusiastically supported the Iraq War, who consider Trump’s foreign policy views as “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.”
In addition to criticizing Trump’s lack of consistency and his foreign policy views, USA Today calls the GOP nominee a “serial liar.”
“Although polls show that Clinton is considered less honest and trustworthy than Trump, it’s not even a close contest,” the paper claims. “Trump is in a league of his own when it comes to the quality and quantity of his misstatements.”
The paper goes on to criticize Trump for saying he has always been against the Iraq War. Trump has said he was against the invasion, which Clinton voted for as a Senator of New York. But in a 2002 interview with shock jock Howard Stern, Trump limply said he supported the invasion.
“Yeah, I guess so,” Trump said in the 2002 interview, according to CNN. “You know, I wish the first time it was done correctly.”
USA Today is one of several newspapers that has published anti-Trump op-eds, including normally conservative publications like the Dallas Morning News and the Arizona Republic.
Those op-eds have resulted in threats and cancelations from readers, reported the Washington Times.