Dear Chieftain,

I want to make sure your readers know just how many mostly, or exclusively right-leaning newspapers have made unprecedented endorsements in this election, and all of these happened before the Access Hollywood tapes.

USA Today, not known for being a leftist rag said, “In (our) 34-year history ... the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race.... This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.”

“He’s a serial liar. Although polls show that Clinton is considered less honest and trustworthy than Trump, it’s not even a close contest. Trump is in a league of his own when it comes to the quality and quantity of his misstatements.”

The Chicago Tribune, who endorsed Gary Johnson, said “Trump has gone out of his way to anger world leaders, giant swaths of the American public, and people of other lands who aspire to immigrate here legally. He has neither the character nor the prudent disposition for the job. The mystery and shame of Trump’s rise ...— is the party’s inability or unwillingness to repulse his hostile takeover.”

Well, Chicago ... Obama’’s from there. What about REAL America? Texas? The Dallas Morning News said: “There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We recommend Hillary Clinton.”

Surely our conservative friends in Arizona, home of Sheriff Arpaiao and John McCain appreciate the Donald. The original name of the Arizona Republic newspaper was The Arizona Republican. In its 146 year history, it has NEVER endorsed a Democrat for President, until now. They said : “The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified...

The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting. Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.”

Donald Trump frequently talks about what a business genius he is.

After all he lost a billion dollars in 1995 so he could avoid personal income taxes for the next 20 years.

In recognition of his skills, Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote an op-ed mentioning Trump’s “casual disregard for the truth,” “self-obsession,” “ignorance,” “ingrained vindictiveness,” “grandiosity,” “impulse driven character” and “insatiable need for applause.” It concluded by defending Clinton as “experienced, forward-looking, indomitably determined and eminently sane.” That’s not high praise in an absolute sense, but it towers above her assessment of Trump, who would be “the most unstable, profoundly uninformed, psychologically unfit president ever to enter the White House.”

If you are even considering voting for Trump, go find these editorials in toto. Newspapers have a long and treasured role in protecting our Democracy.

They sure are trying to now! Please read, please think, by November 5.


Richard Sonnenfeld