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mark: In its entire 34-year history, USA TODAY has never taken sides in a presidential election. In fact every four years the editorial board dutifully rolls out its “no-endorsement policy” to readers, explaining that they feel it's best for readers to make up their own minds. This year however they just couldn’t do it. Interestingly, they did not endorse Clinton. They were divided on that issue. Instead, what they did do was completely denounce Donald Trump. On that point they were unanimous. In a scathing piece, the editorial board began by stating that, “This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.” They then went on to line up eight major reasons they found Trump unfit: 1) He is erratic 2) He is ill equipped to be commander in chief 3) He traffics in prejudice 4) His business career is checkered 5) He isn’t leveling with the American people 6) He speaks recklessly 7) He has coarsened the national dialogue 8) He’s a serial liar I have seen many newspapers endorse candidates, advising that they deserve their readers' votes. But I have never before seen a major newspaper plea with readers NOT to vote for candidate. But that's what the USA TODAY editorial board did in stating that, “Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates…Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.” And in case you were not keeping score, this means that as of today Hillary Clinton has been endorsed by over 85 newspapers across the country. This includes a number of papers which are conservative, several which almost never endorse Democrats, and at least one which has never before done so it it’s over 100-year history. Trump on the other hand has only 4 newspapers endorsements. And that’s if you include the New York Observer, which is owned by his son-in-law, and the National Enquirer.