The Dallas Morning News blasts GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in an editorial, saying he’s “no Republican.”
The blistering editorial says Trump is lacking on the traditional Republican issues of individual liberty, national defense and free markets.
Even before Trump’s name reached the top of the GOP presidential ticket, the party was pulled in different directions. Many Republicans held fast to the good-governing principles of the past, while a growing wing of the party yanked hard from the right to force a conscripted definition of conservatism.
Inexplicably, the presidential candidate who emerged from that ideological tug of war was the one who thumbed his nose at conservative orthodoxy altogether. Trump is — or has been — at odds with nearly every GOP ideal this newspaper holds dear.
The editorial says Trump has an “authoritiarian streak that should horrify limited-government advocates.”
The article also hammers him for his “open admiration” of Vladimir Putin.
In the end, the DMN board says Trump “does not deserve your vote.”
We have no interest in a Republican nominee for whom all principles are negotiable, nor in a Republican Party that is willing to trade away principle for pursuit of electoral victory.
Trump doesn’t reflect Republican ideals of the past; we are certain he shouldn’t reflect the GOP of the future.