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USA Today board member explains what went into decision to break 34-year precedent to anti-endorse Trump




Larry Kramer speaks during USA TODAY unveils new look as it celebrates the next 30 years at National Portrait Gallery on September 13, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Larry Kramer speaks during USA TODAY unveils new look as it celebrates the next 30 years at National Portrait Gallery on September 13, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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USA Today has broken with a policy that's been a central part of the newspaper's identity since its launch 34 years ago.

Its editorial board has taken a position on the Presidential race. No, it hasn't made an endorsement. It's made an anti-endorsement. USA Today's editorial board unanimously decided to declare Donald Trump unfit for the Presidency.

In a lengthy editorial, particularly for USA Today, the paper lays out its case against Trump's candidacy. There is no endorsement for Hillary Clinton. There's some risk involved in this. Staying out of the Presidential race and providing side-by-side debates on your op/ed page seems part of USA Today's identity.

Larry speaks with a member of the editorial board about the decision.

Guests: 

Jill Lawrence, commentary editor and member of the editorial board for USA Today; she tweets @JillDLawrence

David Fahrenthold, reporter covering the presidential campaign for the Washington Post, who's been digging into Trump's Foundation; his latest piece is titled “Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money;” he tweets @Fahrenthold