Endorsement 1

Tuesday, Nov. 8, American voters will decide who will become the next president of the United States.

This should not be a difficult decision. One candidate is qualified and the other clearly lacks the knowledge and temperament to be president.

In the third presidential debate of 2016, Republican candidate Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the results of the election if he loses.

“I will look at it at the time,” he said before claiming once again without evidence that massive voter fraud could throw the election to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

This is an unprecedented attack on American democracy by a presidential candidate of a major political party.

This comment, along with so many other outrageous remarks by Trump, makes the choice for president an easy one.

The Philadelphia Tribune strongly endorses Hillary Clinton to become the nation’s next president.

Here are five reasons why Clinton is the best choice:

Trump is unfit

Trump is not qualified to be president. His demagoguery will further divide the country along racial and religious lines.

Trump makes gross generalizations about Mexican immigrants as being “rapists” and “criminals” and African Americans as all being poor and living in crime-infested communities. He suggested a Latino judge born in Indiana can’t be fair because of his heritage. He has proposed banning immigrats from Muslim nations. When he is not denigrating minorities he is objectifying and demeaning women.

Trump is reckless

Trump suggested Russia engage in espionage against Clinton. When called on this outrageous statement he later insisted it was meant in jest.

Trump said President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were “co-founders” of ISIS, then yet again when criticized said his remarks were sarcasm.

He has expressed admiration for Russian leader Vladimir Putin and other authoritarian leaders.

Clinton is qualified

Hillary Clinton is qualified to be president. Since her days working as a young lawyer with the Children’s Defense Fund, Clinton has made public service her life’s work.

She has served as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state. Clinton has the temperament, knowledge and experience to be president. She has the support of Americans across party lines including several high-profile Republicans.

Supreme Court

Trump says that if he’s elected president, he will replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia with “a person similar in views and principles,” a clear appeal to right-wing conservatives. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, is a centrist and will likely nominate competent centrists to the Supreme Court.

The next president could get to appoint up to three new justices to the Supreme Court and shift the balance of power on the court. Who the next president chooses for the high court matters to the future of voting rights, the influence of big money in politics, affirmative action, gun control legislation and other critical issues.

Clinton’s plan for

jobs and education

She has detailed plans to continue the economic recovery started by President Obama. Her plan calls for investing in rebuilding infrastructure, making college more affordable and retraining America’s workforce.

Clinton has proposed a new $1,500 tax credit for employers that create apprenticeships and more career and technical training. She has pledged free community college and free tuition for working families at public four-year colleges.

She has a plan for lifting the poor out of poverty by directing 10 percent of federal investments to communities where 20 percent of the population has been living below the poverty line for 30 years.

Clinton has also proposed plans to “double investments in Early Head Start and make preschool available to every 4-year-old because our children deserve the best possible start in life.”

Best of all, Clinton shows how she will pay for her proposals through tax increases on the wealthy. According to the Tax Policy Center, the top 5 percent of income earners would bear 90 percent of the increased taxes. By contrast Trump’s across-the-board tax cuts would lower revenues over 10 years by $9.6 trillion, according to the Tax Policy Center.

The National Association of Business Economics, an association of business economists, said Clinton would do the best job of managing the economy.

Hillary is prepared and ready to lead.

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