Newspaper Calls Trump ‘Clear and Present Danger to Our Country’
The Cincinnati Enquirer, published daily and since 1841, announced Friday it is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. The newspaper has not endorsed a Democrat for president since Woodrow Wilson one hundred years ago, in 1916.
â€œThe Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century â€“ a tradition this editorial board doesnâ€™t take lightly,â€ the board began in its editorial. â€œBut this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times.â€
They continued, â€œour country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst,â€ before concluding that â€œthere is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton.â€
The board cited Clintonâ€™s time as a senator in New York, in which she passed bills with â€œconservative lawmakers,â€ her history with 9/11 first responders where she ensured they received proper care following their time at Ground Zero, and her â€œmore than 40 years fighting for womenâ€™s and childrenâ€™s rights.â€
They turned further to her time as first lady, citing her creation of the Childrenâ€™s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) which provides care to over 8 million children, her fight to close the gender wage gap and â€œ[standing] up for LGBT rights domestically and internationally, including [her] advocating for marriage equality.â€
In contrast, the editorial board asserted that â€œ[Donald] Trump is a clear and present danger to our country,â€ citing that he has â€œno history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters.â€ They referenced his lack of foreign policy experience and referred to his â€œreckless, cowboy diplomacyâ€ as something that â€œAmericans should fear from a Trump presidency.â€
The board further celebrated Clintonâ€™s time as secretary of state, asserting that she â€œ[has] far stronger diplomatic skills than she gets credit for.â€ They caution that â€œyes, mistakes were made in Benghazi, and it was tragic that four Americans lost their lives â€¦ But the incident was never the diabolical conspiracy that Republicans wanted us to believe, and Clinton was absolved of blame after lengthy investigations.â€ They further credit her role inÂ the decisions that led to the death of Osama bin Laden and the U.N. sanctions that led to the Iran nuclear deal.
â€œWe have our issues with Clinton,â€ the board admits, but advises that any issues they may have â€œpale in comparison to our fears about Trump.â€ They further remind readers that they have consistently criticized his temperament and policies since the beginning of the Republican primary, in which they endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich.
â€œWeâ€™ve condemned [Trumpâ€™s] childish insults; offensive remarks to women, Hispanics and African-Americans; and the way he has played on many Americansâ€™ fears and prejudices to further himself politically,â€ they asserted.
They further questioned Trumpâ€™s business acumen, his refusal to release his tax returns, and his praise of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong UnÂ and Saddam Hussein â€œwhile insulting a sitting president, our military generals, a Gold Star family and prisoners of war like [Senator] John McCain.â€
While the board noted that Trump had â€œof lateâ€¦ toned down his divisive rhetoric,â€ they were quick to point out that â€œgoing two weeks without saying something misogynistic, racist or xenophobic is hardly a qualification for the most important job in the world.â€
In Clinton, they wrote, America would have â€œa brave leader, not bravado. Real solutions, not paper-thin promises. A clear eye toward the future, not a cynical appeal to the good old days.â€
â€œItâ€™s time to elect the first female U.S. president,â€ the board concluded. â€œNot because sheâ€™s a woman, but because sheâ€™s hands-down the most qualified choice.â€
The Cincinnati Enquirer further explained its endorsement via Facebook Live, the full video of which can be seen below:
The Enquirer editorial board announces its endorsement of Hillary Clinton. #USATODAY2016
Posted by Enquirer – Cincinnati and Kentucky on Friday, September 23, 2016
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‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert
“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”
CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”
Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”
With breakthrough for Georgia DA (@TamarHallerman reporting: “SCOTT HALL has become the first co-defendant in the Fulton election interference case to take a plea deal with prosecutors.”)
That spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell.
Example of alleged joint actions.👇 pic.twitter.com/odMM5C7JtX
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 29, 2023
See the graphic above or at this link.
Far-Right Republicans Kill GOP Bill to Keep Government Running in ‘Embarrassing Failure’ for McCarthy: Report
With a shutdown less than 36 hours away, far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon voted against their party’s own legislation to kept the federal government running. Democrats opposed the content of the bill and voted against it. Just 21 far-right members of the GOP conference were able to effectively force what appears to be an all but inevitable shutdown at midnight on Saturday.
“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.
NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”
“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”
A bipartisan group of at least 75 U.S. Senators has passed two bills this week that would keep the government running. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has refused to allow it to come to the floor for a vote.
‘Wannabe Dictator’: Milley Appears to Slam Trump After Ex-President Suggested He Should Be Executed
General Mark Milley, the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military advisor to the President, during his retirement speech Friday appeared to deliver strong criticism of former President Donald Trump, who appointed him to that post but since has waged war against him.
“Trump’s rhetoric is dangerous, not just because it is the exact sort that incites violence against public officials,” professor of global politics and political scientist Brian Klass wrote at The Atlantic after Trump’s most recent attack on the Chairman, “but also because it shows just how numb the country has grown toward threats more typical of broken, authoritarian regimes.”
Trump had written, “if the Fake News reporting is correct,” General Milley “was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act.”
Milley was acting within his duties in a White House approved conversation, according to Klass.
On Friday, Milley appeared to blast Trump.
“We don’t take an oath to a tribe. We don’t take an oath to a religion. We don’t take an oath to a king, or queen, or a tyrant, or dictator. We don’t take an oath to a wannabe dictator,” Milley declared. “We don’t take an oath to an individual. We take an oath to the Constitution, and we take an oath to the idea that is America, and we’re willing to die to protect it.”
“Every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Guardian and Coast Guardsmen, each of us, emits our very life to protect and defend that document, regardless of personal price to a country.”
Vanity Fair on Thursday reported General Milley “said he has taken security precautions to protect himself and his family after Donald Trump all but called for his execution last week.”
Watch Milley’s remarks below or at this link.
🚨🚨🚨Wow, outgoing CJS Chair Milley hits Trump at retirement ceremony: “We don’t take an oath to a king, or queen, or a tyrant or a dictator. And we don’t take an oath to a wannabe dictator …we take an oath to the Constitution … and we’re willing to die to protect it”. pic.twitter.com/AH2eQObge4
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) September 29, 2023
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