September 23, 2016 Last Updated 3:16 pm

The Cincinnati Enquirer breaks precedent and endorses the Democrat for president

‘Trump is a clear and present danger to our country. He has no history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters.’

The Cincinnati Enquirer, by its own admission, has endorsed the Republican candidate for president for almost a century.

“But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times,” the paper said in an editorial today. “Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst.”

So, along with the Dallas Morning News, the Enquirer has broken its pattern and endorsed Hillary Clinton – and like the Morning News, its reason has everything to do with the Republican candidate.

cinenq-screen“Trump is a clear and present danger to our country. He has no history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters,” the paper said.

“The decision to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, eloquently written by Associate Opinion Editor Kevin Aldridge, is the unanimous opinion of the five members of the editorial board. The board, on which I serve, does not take votes. We make decisions by consensus, and we will arrive at consensus for endorsements in several other races in the coming weeks,” said Peter Bhatia is editor and vice president for audience engagement.

Bhatia also said something that has become more and more obvious: newspaper endorsements are “a thing of the past.”

During the primary season, newspapers almost unanimously – when they endorsed at all – endorsed Clinton on the Democratic side, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on the Republican side. Clinton won more primaries than Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but the primaries he won were always in states where newspapers had endorsed Clinton. Kasich, on the other hand, one only one state – his own state of Ohio – yet was usually endorsed by the local media. On like on the Democratic side, there were cases where either Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Donald Trump won an endorsement, but they were rare.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he would be voting for Donald Trump, something he avoided doing during his controversial Republican convention speech.

“After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump,” Cruz posted on Facebook on Friday.

Cruz will be up for reelection in two years and appears to be covering his bases. Though deeply unpopular with Trump supporters, going into a reelection bid should Trump win this November will be all the more difficult if the person in the Oval Office is against you.

Earlier this summer he said “I don’t want his endorsement. If he gives it, I will not accept it.” That all changed this afternoon:

“I am greatly honored by the endorsement of Senator Cruz,” the candidate said in a statement released on Friday afternoon. “We have fought the battle and he was a tough and brilliant opponent. I look forward to working with him for many years to come in order to make America great again.”

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