An endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president is earning a conservative Arizona newspaper death threats and a loss of subscribers.
Phoenix-based Arizona Republic has endorsed Republicans throughout its 126 years of publication and its break with that tradition is causing anger among some of its readership.
In an editorial on Tuesday, the paper stated:
“Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles.
This year is different.
The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.
That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.”
The newspaper felt that the president of the United States needs a “steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting,” adding that “Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.”
The backlash began after the editorial was published.
“Well it’s been crazy around here,” Phil Boas, director of the publication’s editorial page, told KPNX-TV. “We’re getting a lot of reaction both locally and national. I don’t believe true readers of the editorial page are surprised by this at all, because over the past year we have been writing scathing, scalding articles about Donald Trump.”
“We got a lot of angry callers and we’ve had quite a few cancellations,” Boas said, according to Yahoo News, adding that the editors did not regret the decision. The publication also received a death threat and other threatening phone calls.
The state’s largest newspaper got plenty of attention with its endorsement, including the Democratic presidential nominee herself.
In its 120-year history, @azcentral has never endorsed a Democrat.
Here’s why the paper just endorsed Hillary: https://t.co/n3GOmEin4N
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 28, 2016
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