- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 9, 2016

Foreign Policy, the influential journal that is one of the establishment’s favored debating grounds on international politics, economics and diplomacy, is the latest media publication to break with tradition and endorse a presidential candidate — Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In a statement Sunday evening, the editors said the bimonthly journal had never endorsed a candidate since its founding in 1970, but was breaking with tradition because of what the editors called the “unique danger” posed by Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“The dangers Trump presents as president stretch beyond the United States to the international economy, to global security, to America’s allies, as well as to countless innocents everywhere who would be the victims of his inexperience, his perverse policy views and the profound unsuitability of his temperament for the office he seeks,” the publication wrote in an open letter to readers.

Editor David Rothkopf, who served in the Commerce Department under President Bill Clinton, said in a statement, “We felt this endorsement was in the best traditions of responsible journalism and we felt very strongly both about the dangers associated with Donald Trump and about the many qualities that will make Hillary Clinton not only a strong president but one with the special international experience and expertise this moment calls for.”

Mr. Trump’s unconventional candidacy has scrambled traditional endorsement patterns for newspapers and magazines across the country. Papers like the Dallas Morning News and the Arizona Republic — which never endorsed a Democrat — came out for Mrs. Clinton. The Atlantic magazine made only its third presidential endorsement in its nearly 160-year history — Abraham Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson and Mrs. Clinton.

• David R. Sands can be reached at dsands@washingtontimes.com.

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