With this harsh announcement on Thursday, the outlet broke its 34-year silence in regards to presidential politics. Yet, with a 50 percent chance that Donald Trump will be our next president, the editors saw no choice but to speak up.
From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.
Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of
World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.
In case that didn't convince their readers, the editorial goes on to list several bolded reasons why they should not vote Trump, including how he's a "serial liar," "ill-equipped" and has run a campaign built on prejudice.
Also in bold print, however, is the line that reads their editorial is not an endorsement of Hillary Clinton.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump's vice presidential running mate, felt immediately compelled to respond to their unflattering post. He penned his own editorial, entitled "Donald Trump is ready to lead."