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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton cheers during a town hall meeting October 4, 2016 in Haverford, Pennsylvania. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

They're all with her

Magazine makes just 3rd presidential endorsement in 159-year history, backs Hillary Clinton

October 6, 2016

For just the third time in its illustrious 159-year history, The Atlantic has made an endorsement in a presidential race. The magazine’s editors posted an editorial Wednesday evening on its website telling readers that it was taking the extraordinary step of backing Hillary Clinton for president. Of Clinton’s opponent Donald Trump, the editors wrote, “He is spectacularly unfit for office, and voters — the statesmen and thinkers of the ballot box — should act in defense of American democracy and elect his opponent.”

The Atlantic’s historic endorsement continues a recent trend in the news media. Several historically conservative newspapers have broken with decades of tradition and backed Clinton, a Democrat, for president. Last week, one paper announced the first endorsement of a Democrat in its 126-year history. The common theme among these endorsements has been an abject fear of what might befall the country should Trump make it to the White House. While some of the endorsements of Clinton have been less than ringing, most make note of the fact that she’s about the most qualified candidate to ever seek the office.

The trend toward backing Clinton has also been gathering momentum in the elite sector of former political figures and business leaders. Noted Republican donor and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Meg Whitman publicly threw her support behind Clinton earlier this year, former President George H.W. Bush has indicated he’s planning to vote for Clinton and his granddaughter, Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, was spotted at a Clinton fundraiser in Paris over the weekend, causing observers to interpret that she’s with Clinton, too.

Since its founding in 1860, The Atlantic has only endorsed two other candidates in presidential races, one of which, similarly focused on the flaws of an opponent.

Read the full story at The New York Times and the full endorsement at The Atlantic.


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