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Arizona Republic gets death threats after endorsing Clinton

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A major Arizona newspaper is receiving death threats after endorsing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.

The Arizona Republic had never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president in its 120 years of existence. But the Phoenix-based paper did just that on Tuesday, declaring: “This year is different. The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.”

{mosads}The director of the Arizona Republic, Phil Boas, told Phoenix NBC affiliate WPNX-TV that the publication has been consistent in its criticism of Trump since his candidacy began in 2015. 

“It’s been crazy around here,” Boas said. “We’re getting a lot of reaction both locally and national. I don’t believe true readers of the editorial page are surprised by this at all, because over the past year we have been writing scathing, scalding articles about Donald Trump.”

According to the NBC report, the paper’s endorsement has resulted in a wave of subscription cancellations, in addition to death threats. 

The Arizona Republic is the second major newspaper to end its streak of endorsing Republican nominees this year. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer, which has endorsed GOP presidential candidates for almost 100 years, endorsed Clinton while referring to Trump as a “clear and present danger to our country.” 

Gannett owns The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Arizona Republic, along with other newspapers such as USA Today.

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