For the first time since before World War II, the Dallas Morning News endorsed a Democrat, Hillary Clinton, for president.
Breaking with decades of encouraging readers to vote for the Republican presidential candidate in the general election, the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, whose editorial board previously suggested was not a real Republican.
“We don’t come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since before World War II — if you’re counting, that’s more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections,” the editorial board wrote. “The party’s over-reliance on government and regulation to remedy the country’s ills is at odds with our belief in private-sector ingenuity and innovation. Our values are more about individual liberty, free markets and a strong national defense.”
The editorial board had endorsed the Republican nominee in every presidential election dating back to World War II, save for the 1964 election when it remained neutral between Democratic President (and Texan) Lyndon B. Johnson and Republican challenger Barry Goldwater.