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Another conservative newspaper endorses Hillary Clinton

These are words nobody saw coming: the Arizona Republic, a conservative newspaper that has never endorsed a Democrat since it started in 1890, endorsed Hillary Clinton.

They broke with 126 years of tradition and said Clinton understands the challenges facing the country both domestically and internationally better than the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, in their editorial section.

"The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified."

They called out Trump for not releasing his tax returns and said he doesn't think carefully before taking any steps. He's also derogatory to women and racist, they said.

"Trump responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads. That’s beneath our national dignity."

Not everyone was happy with their endorsement, least of all their readers. They lost subscribers and even received death threats.

The director of the editorial board said anyone who actually read their editorial page wouldn't have been surprised since they had been criticizing Trump over the past year.

“We know we’re doing the right thing, We feel very good about this decision."

The Arizona Republic is not the first conservative paper to support Clinton. Earlier, the Dallas Morning News and the Cincinnati Enquirer had thrown in their lot with her. Even USA Today endorsed her:

"In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. ... This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency."

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Another conservative newspaper endorses Hillary Clinton

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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