New Hampshire’s Manchester-based Union Leader newspaper has been around for a century-and-a-half, founded while the Civil War was still being fought. In 100 of those years, it has never failed to endorse the Republican candidate for president.
“The man is a liar, a bully, a buffoon,” said Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid of Donald Trump in a short editorial Wednesday evening.
“He denigrates any individual or group that displeases him,” McQuaid continued. “He has dishonored military veterans and their families, made fun of the physically frail, and changed political views almost as often as he has changed wives.”
Tell us how you really feel, Mr. McQuaid.
He then formally endorsed the Libertarian ticket:
Libertarians Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are on the ballot in all 50 states. Their records (as Republican governors in politically-divided states) speak well of them. They would be worth considering under many circumstances. In today’s dark times, they are a bright light of hope and reason. The Union Leader and Sunday News endorse them.
The Union Leader has been critical of Trump throughout this election, but has a history of backing not only conservative GOP candidates, but particularly Republicans who seek to challenge the party establishment.
The paper, it’s late publisher Nacky Loeb and McQuaid were strong backers of Pat Buchanan’s 1992 primary challenge to President George H. W. Bush and also the pundit-turned-politician’s 1996 GOP presidential campaign in which he won the New Hampshire primary.
The Union Leader’s endorsement 20 years ago–a “kingmaker“–was no doubt helpful in that effort. Eventual 1996 Republican nominee Bob Dole said after the NH primary, “I should have bought the Union Leader.”
On Hillary Clinton, McQuaid said Wednesday that she was a “selfish, self-centered, sanctimonious prig.”
Comparing Trump and Johnson, the published concluded, “Americans are being told that we have to choose the lesser of two evils. No, we don’t.”