Republican presidential candidate
Donald Trump addresses delegates at the end of the last day of the
Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Washington Post
has issued a scathing editorial on Donald Trump, calling the Republican
presidential nominee “a unique and present danger” to the world and a
“threat to American democracy.”
The paper’s editorial
board wrote on Friday that Trump was no longer a Republican problem but a
challenge the entire nation must now confront.
“The real estate
tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and
temperament,” it said. “He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer,
not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their
diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed
“Trump’s politics of denigration and division could
strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt
for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old
experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew,” the
The condemnation came a day after Trump formally
accepted the Republican nomination, saying the paper would not endorse
the billionaire businessman. “A Trump presidency would be dangerous for
the nation and the world.”
The harsh language of the Post’s
editorial was a departure from its traditional approach of waiting
until later in the race to weigh in on presidential candidates.
newspaper added that its condemnation of Trump did not serve as an
endorsement of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. “We have
criticized the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the
past and will do so again when warranted.”
AFP file photo of Hillary Clinton“But
we do not believe that she (or the Libertarian and Green party
candidates, for that matter) represents a threat to the Constitution.
Mr. Trump is a unique and present danger,” the editorial concluded.
In June, Trump denounced the Post as “dishonest” and said its coverage was “incredibly inaccurate.”
nationwide survey published by Reuters on Friday found that Trump was
narrowing the gap with Clinton in the wake of the Republican National
Convention (RNC), trailing her 41-38 percent.
Trump’s campaign has
been marked by controversy from the start, including disparaging
remarks about women, immigrants and Muslims.