Indiana's largest newspaper on Thursday declined to endorse anyone in the state's upcoming GOP and Democratic primaries, but advised Hoosiers to definitely vote against GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
"A President Trump would be a danger to the United States and to the world," The Indianapolis Star wrote in an editorial.
Indiana votes Tuesday, and the Star's editorial said that should Trump be brought closer to his effort to gain the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination, it "would be a disaster in the making."
Trump has shown himself unsuited to serve as president, the Star argues, with "simplistic proposals on national security, job creation, immigration, international trade and foreign affairs" as well as making "appalling comments about women and others."
Trump has "appealed to voters’ worst instincts by trying to pit racial and ethnic groups against one another," the editorial said. "He's responded when challenged with reasonable questions from political opponents and from journalists with insults and diatribes that fall far outside the bounds of decent political discourse. Those are not the qualities that made America great — or that will make it even greater."
Ted Cruz isn't a much better choice, the Star argues, given his single term as a U.S. senator and inability to get along with his colleagues while there.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the best choice for Republicans, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is best for Democrats, the Star says, but the editorial board isn't enthusiastic enough about either to offer an actual endorsement.
Clinton appears to lack judgment, considering her paid speeches to Wall Street and use of a private email server for State Department business, the Star says, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders "has built his campaign around extravagant promises of a free college education, universal health care and a federal minimum wage of $15" which "are not grounded in economic or fiscal reality."
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