Detroit newspaper breaks with tradition, endorses Gary Johnson
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The Detroit News on Thursday endorsed Libertarian presidential nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonRepublicans not immune to the malady that hobbled Democrats What the numbers say about Trump's chances at reelection Presidential race tightens in Minnesota as Trump plows resources into state MORE, breaking a nearly century-and-a-half tradition of backing Republicans.

“Today this newspaper does something it has never done in its 143-year history: endorse someone other than a Republican candidate in a presidential contest,” the paper’s editorial board said.

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“We recognize the Libertarian candidate is the longest of long shots with an electorate that has been conditioned to believe only Republicans and Democrats can win major offices. But this is an endorsement of conscience, reflecting our confidence that Johnson would be a competent and capable president and an honorable one.”

The editors said they could not in good conscience support Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE, the GOP’s presidential nominee.

“[Trump] has found profit in dividing Americans from each other, and from the rest of the world,” they said.

“The 2016 nominee offered by the Republican Party rubs hard against the editorial board’s values as conservatives and Americans. Donald Trump is unprincipled, unstable and quite possibly dangerous. He cannot be president.”

The Detroit News editors also ruled out Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters MORE, pointing to the Democratic nominee’s ethics.

“[Clinton’s] career-long struggles with honesty and ethics and calculating, self-serving approach to politics trouble us deeply.”

The editorial board concluded by saying a vote for Johnson should not be considered wasted.

“Our contention is that an endorsement based on conscience is never wasted. We urge readers who share our disillusionment with the presidential ballot and disdain for the GOP nominee to join us in casting a conscience vote for Gary Johnson."