Post piles on: ‘Beyond debate’ Trump is unfit for office

At the same time The New York Times editorial board published a scathing piece saying GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE is unfit to be president, The Washington Post added its own perspective. 

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In an editorial titled, “It’s beyond debate that Donald Trump is unfit to be president,” the Post said Monday’s much anticipated debate between Trump and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic debates are magnet for lobbyists NYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Sanders v. Warren is just for insiders MORE won’t change the argument at the heart of the presidential race. 

The “breathless pre-event speculation,” the Post editorial board wrote make much difference. 

“In a fundamental sense, however, there is nothing much at stake, or shouldn’t be, because there is not much more to learn:Mr. Trump has amply demonstrated his unworthiness to occupy the Oval Office.” (The Post then linked to its July editorial that called the GOP nominee a “unique threat to American democracy.”) 

On Sunday, the paper said, “It has been said that the true test of an ordinary person’s character is how you behave when no one is watching. The corollary standard for a presidential candidate could be: how you behave repeatedly in public, before the one big night when everyone is watching. 

“Even by that more forgiving standard, Mr. Trump has already flunked.”

A calm and collected performance would “not undo the many, many instances, over more than a year” the paper said, “in which he has insulted, acted out, lied and countenanced violence beyond even some of the most rough-and-tumble precedents of modern American politics.” 

The editorial concludes that “the challenge for Monday’s audience is to avoid the trap of thinking of this debate as yet another opportunity for ‘the real Trump’ — or even a ‘new Trump’ — to emerge, either stylistically or substantively. It’s way too late for that.”

On Saturday, The New York Times endorsed Clinton for president and on Sunday it published its anti-Trump piece, titled, ‘Why Donald Trump Should Not Be President.”