USA TODAY’s Editorial Board: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’

USA Today issues its first-ever un-endorsement for ‘dangerous demagogue’ Donald Trump

In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. But this year, they’re having to alter that policy for the first time; Not to endorse a candidate. To un-endorse one.

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.

“Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.”

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.

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.

BREAKING: The Castro Connection- Trump’s Company Violated U.S. Embargo Against Cuba

Rachel Maddow shares an exclusive sneak peek at a new Kurt Eichenwald article in Newsweek that will examine Donald Trump’s business ties to Cuba when the U.S. embargo was still in place.

New article to look at Trump ties to Cuba during embargo

Rachel Maddow shares an exclusive sneak peek at a new Kurt Eichenwald article in Newsweek that will examine Donald Trump’s business ties to Cuba when the U.S. embargo was still in place.

Public to Vote on Questions in Next Presidential Debate


Viewers unhappy with the questions asked at Monday night’s debate will have a shot to weigh in before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meet again on October 9: For the first time, the networks producing the town-hall style debate have agreed to accept questions voted on through the Internet.

“This year’s presidential debate moderators will have a rich pool of voter-submitted questions they can draw on that carry greater weight because they are backed by votes from the American people,” Mike McCurry, a co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said in a statement accompanying the announcement by the Open Debate Coalition.

The Commission on Presidential Debates had already announced that the second of three debates would feature questions submitted online in addition to those asked by the traditional studio audience. But on Tuesday morning, the debate moderators confirmed they are embracing a format that a broad bipartisan cross-section of activist and civic groups known as the Open Debate Coalition have been pushing for years. Americans will be able to submit and then vote on questions online at, and ABC and CNN have agreed to consider the 30 most popular queries when they jointly plan the debate.

Weigh in on #OpenQuestion’s for presidential debate!

Submit and vote on questions for Trump and Clinton. Top vote-getters could be chosen for the first presidential debate on Sunday, 10/09, at 9pm EDT!

John Warner, a Republican Voice of Integrity

Fiona and Parker calling Madison voters at last week's phone bank event.

Fiona & Parker calling Madison voters at last week’s phone bank.


The real question is how anyone immersed in national security could possibly endorse Mr. Trump, whose extravagant ignorance of the issues and disdain for the United States’ allies and commitments are hallmarks of his candidacy.

The idea of installing Mr. Trump as commander in chief has chilled many of the most respected GOP figures in international affairs. They include former secretary of state George P. Shultz, who served almost seven years in the Reagan administration — “God help us,” said Mr. Shultz, on the prospect of Mr. Trump’s victory — and former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, who called Mr. Trump “a national disgrace and an international pariah.”

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A Republican voice of integrity

FORMER VIRGINIA senator John W. Warner, a Republican widely revered for his national security expertise during a half-century of public service, had never supported a Democrat for president before he endorsed Hillary Clinton on Wednesday. It wasn’t the first time Mr. Warner, who retired in 2009, has bucked his party; famously independent-minded, he backed a Democrat to succeed him in the Senate.

Dittmar’s Veterans & National Security Plan

“I come from a long line of veterans. Over twenty members of my extended family have served our country in the armed forces. I believe in taking care of our veterans through rigorous re-organization of the Veterans Administration to make it efficient and effective in serving our veterans, honoring our men and women in uniform, and ensuring that every returning veteran receives the medical care, mental health services, and reentry training he or she needs to secure family-sustaining income.”

That darn microphone!

This morning, Donald Trump is blaming his poor debate performance on his microphone. We agree; having his microphone on clearly hurt his performance.

Hillary Clinton for President

VOTE NO on Amendment 1 on November 8th

VOTE NO on Article I. Bill of Rights, Section 11-A, the so-called “Right to work” amendment to the Constitution, an attempt to enshrine part of Virginia’s existing right to work law in our state constitution. Amendment 1 is designed by big business (Virginia-style Trumponomics) to silence the voices of hardworking Virginians by eviscerating unions, keeping workers unorganized and unable to fight for better wages, fair scheduling, and safer working environments.

Republicans in the Virginia House are playing at pandering partisan politics with an issue that has shown to be time and again a detriment to people who put in a hard day’s work…. [T]o enshrine a policy like Right to Work in the Constitution, rather in the code of Virginia where it can be debated and modified, is reckless and at high cost to the taxpayers both morally and financially. – Charniele L. Herring, D-46.

We need policies that protect workers, put our families first, and help strengthen our communities.
Vote NO on the "Right to Work amendment"


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It’s a simple but powerful idea: we are stronger together.

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We are a short-form digital production company dedicated to the idea that voting is a necessary and heroic act. That every voice in this wonderfully diverse nation should, and must, be heard. That the only thing that can save democracy is the act that defines it.

“I like people who weren’t captured, okay?”

“He’s a war hero because he was captured—I like people who weren’t captured, okay?” Trump said, provoking the ire of numerous Republicans. Trump has yet to apologize for the for one of the most ignorant, hateful comments ever uttered by a US Presidential candidate.

“I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country,” said McCain.

A 5-time draft dodger, Trump himself did not serve in the military. The VFW called his comments “despicable.”

Hillary Clinton on Twitter

Joel Sollender, WWII veteran and POW, on what it means when he hears Trump insult our vets.

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