For the First Time in Its 148-Year History, The San Diego Union-Tribune Endorses a Democrat for President

The editorial board calls Hillary Clinton the "safe choice."

Another day, another newspaper upends decades of tradition to support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. In a week filled with non-traditional endorsements or unendorsements, The San Diego Union-Tribune ends its 148-year streak of never endorsing a Democratic candidate for president with today’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, “the safe choice for the U.S. and for the world.”

The editorial board begins with a reality check. Describing Donald Trump’s antics, the board goes on to write, “For millions of Americans upset with the status quo, it’s an entertaining show, and a convincing one.”


But if Trump is elected president, he will no longer just be putting on a show. Upon inauguration on Jan. 20, he would be in charge of the executive branch of a global superpower and possess enormous authority, operating with no coherent worldview besides “I alone can fix it.” Military leaders have said Trump will face pushback if he orders them to do illegal things, such as torturing the families of terrorists, but in many crucial parts of the government, a President Trump will be able to people his administration with individuals whose jobs depend on keeping him happy. Imagine that. Imagine President Trump.

Alternatively, Hillary Clinton, despite “the lack of enthusiasm for her candidacy,” the board writes, “has the better temperament to be president–and the experience, background and relationships with world leaders that we need in a president.”

The board puts Trump’s potential presidency within a constellation of “terrible leaders can knock nations off course.”

And that is what it means by Clinton as the safe choice. “She’s the safe choice for the U.S. and for the world, for Democrats and Republicans alike,” it concludes.