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The last stand for Never Trump: Newspaper editorials


This weekend the conservative editorial board at the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed libertarian Gary Johnson. On Tuesday the Dallas Morning News said that Trump "is not qualified to serve as president."

Both papers have endorsed the GOP nominee for president in the general election since 1980, but Trump has made them change their calculus.

Despite winning the GOP primary, many Republicans are dissatisfied with Trump as a candidate. One group even drafted a conservative candidate to run as an independent alternative.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch announces their endorsement of Libertarian Gary Johnson.

These conservative editorial boards are following in the footsteps of other right-leaning papers like The Wall Street Journal and the New Hampshire Union Leader which have attacked Trump as anti-conservative.

In August, The Wall Street Journal suggested that Trump should turn the nomination over to his running mate Gov. Mike Pence.

The Union Leader wrote, "In 1972, our editorial advice to readers was to 'hold your nose, and vote for Nixon.' Today, we cannot recommend either of the major party nominees. They both stink."

The Dallas Morning News rejects Trump.

While the Union Leader has not endorsed anyone yet, they did call Gary Johnson "an honorable alternative."

During past presidential elections, conservative editorial boards often beat the drum in support of the GOP nominee. In 2012 the Morning News called Romney a "principled, pragmatic leader who can get Washington working again."

The Times-Dispatch wrote that "America needs President Romney."

Newspaper endorsements usually post in October, so both the Times-Dispatch endorsement of Johnson and Morning News editorial rejection of Trump arrived earlier than usual. The Times-Dispatch explained their early endorsement is due to "the unusual dynamics of the 2016 race"

Only time will tell if other conservative editorial boards will follow suit and refuse to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump. The Morning News is planning on endorsing a candidate for President tomorrow.

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