COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Dispatch broke with a century-long tradition Sunday and endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
The paper hasn’t endorsed a Democrat for the country’s highest office since 1916, when the paper endorsed Woodrow Wilson. The Dispatch’s endorsement follows a string of historically Republican-leaning newspapers endorsing Clinton for president over Republican rival Donald Trump.
While the endorsement of Clinton isn’t glowing by any means, the Dispatch editorial board writes “her negatives pale when measured against the dangers posed by Trump.”
The editorial goes on to say that an endorsement of Clinton does not mean the board agrees with all aspects of Clinton’s presidential platform, namely her tax plan and the belief that she would stack the Supreme Court with left-leaning judges. The editorial board characterizes Trump’s honesty, temperament and economic plans as dangerous.
The Dispatch stopped short of following in the footsteps of the Detroit News, who endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president. In fact, the Dispatch warns readers that while a third-party vote may be tempting, it may also be enough to usher in a Trump presidency.