Conservative newspaper editorial boards line up behind Clinton

The Arizona Republic’s editorial board didn’t struggle much with the decision to break with more than 120 years of tradition.

“In the end, it was an easy decision because of watching Donald Trump throughout this election,” said Nicole Carroll, the paper’s editor and vice president for news. Trump’s statements, actions, and “how he conducts himself,” she said, left the conservative editorial board “no choice but to endorse Hillary Clinton.”

Carroll stressed Wednesday that the paper’s endorsement of a Democratic nominee ― the first in its 126-year history ― was an affirmative recommendation of Clinton and not simply an anti-Trump stance. Indeed, editors touted Clinton’s “steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.” Trump, they wrote, “is not conservative and he is not qualified.”

The Arizona Republic’s board is the latest in a string of conservative editorial boards who broke with precedent to back Clinton.