The Dallas Morning News has supported the Republican Party for the past forty-eight years. The newspaper has personally backed every Republican presidential candidate since the 1968 presidential election with Richard Nixon.
Their extreme loyalty to Republican candidates is well-known to Texas residents and people working in the political arena. They love backing candidates who represent the establishment and are conservative to the core.
However, their loyalty does have its limits.
On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, the Morning News released a scathing critical analysis of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his campaign.
They asked their readers to vote against Trump because he is “not qualified” and is someone who “does not deserve your vote.”
The editorial board was clear about their position from the top of the article. The headline, which reads “Donald Trump is no Republican,” is just the start of their blistering attack against Trump.
They attack Trump the hardest on two issues that are at the center of his campaign: The economy and national defense.
Their economic argument against Trump is crystal clear. They paint him as anti-Reagan and claim that his economic polices would help bankrupt the country. The editorial says:
“Ronald Reagan once said that protectionism is destructionism. Trump, on the other hand, has called the Trans-Pacific Partnership a rape of our country. Businesses who invest overseas, he says, should pay a hefty fine on imports. (We’ll leave aside for a moment his hypocrisy in pretending that investing in hotels abroad, as he does, is somehow different from a manufacturer investing in foreign car factories.) His protectionism would likely force the U.S. into trade wars, increase the deficit and sink the U.S. economy back into a recession. Trump’s idea of fiscal conservatism is reducing expenses by financing mountains of soul-crushing debt.”
The editorial’s analysis of Trump’s national defense policies are just as harsh. They recognize that his bombastic style of leadership will ultimately isolate America from the rest of its allies. They are quoted saying:
“His isolationist prescriptions put sound bites over sound policy: Invite the Russians into our elections. Bomb the Middle East into dust. Withdraw from NATO.It’s not easy to offer a shorthand list of such tenets, since Trump flips from one side to the other, issue after issue, sometimes within a single news cycle. Regardless, his ideas are so far from Republicanism that they have spawned a new description: Trumpism. We have no interest in a Republican nominee for whom all principles are negotiable, nor in a Republican Party that is willing to trade away principle for pursuit of electoral victory.”
This venomous attack by the Dallas Morning News is just another example of those in the Republican establishment deciding not to support Trump. They, and many others, recognize that their party is being overtaken by radicalized views instead of conservative pragmatism.
It seems that many of these hardcore conservative voters are starting to realize that it may not be such a bad idea to punt this election and give Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a win.
After all, many of these moderate Republicans have more in common with Clinton than they do with Trump. Hopefully this will increase the likelihood of a Clinton presidency come November.
Here is a video of Donald Trump saying that tackling America’s 21 trillion dollar debt problem will be easy:
Featured image from YouTube video.