So the Aleppo gaffe, the inability to name a world leader that he admires… none of this matches up to the utter horror of a Trump or Clinton presidency.
At least, that’s what the Chicago Tribune is betting on.
The endorsement from the paper that twice backed Obama for president can also be read as a snub of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was born and raised in Illinois.
The Tribune editorial expressed disdain for both Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“This is the moment to see this election as not so much about them as about the American people and where their country is heading,” the editorial states. “And this is the moment to rebuke the Republican and Democratic parties.”
Clinton’s “intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust” disqualify her, the editorial said.
It declared Trump “not fit” to be president, while also writing, “the mystery and shame of Trump’s rise — we have red, white and blue coffee mugs that are more genuinely Republican — is the party’s inability or unwillingness to repulse his hostile takeover.”
I wholeheartedly agree.
Both of the major parties have offered the absolute worst of the worst as nominees this election cycle and it is causing reliably Democrat or reliably Republican supporters to scramble for other options.
The Tribune is the latest in a growing list of newspapers that have endorsed Johnson. He currently has more endorsements from print media than Trump.
While Johnson appears “goofy,” in recent interviews, he is, at the very least, experienced in government and in an executive role.
He served as governor of New Mexico, while his running mate, Bill Weld, served as governor of Massachusetts.
They have that much over Trump.
They also have that over Clinton, who may have served as a New York Senator, and then Secretary of State, but her work in her short time in the Senate, as well as her scandal-riddled stint with the State Department hardly make her executive material.
Johnson is currently polling a bit over 7%, according to the latest RealClearPolitics polling. The Clinton campaign are so concerned with his taking votes away, that they’ve began to punch down, in an effort to remove that particular trouble from their midst.
It remains to be seen how much of an impact Johnson, or any third party option will have on the outcome of the election, but for now, the number of those who are willing to take the risk, rather than abandon any principles they may have left is growing.