Paper Loses Subscribers After Endorsing Hillary
Republicans all over the country are cancelling their newspaper subscriptions. No, America’s conservatives aren’t suddenly averse to current events; rather, they are acting out in frustration against editorial boards endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.
It’s unlikely that the New York Times lost many subscribers when they endorsed the former secretary of state; it would have been unthinkable for them to do anything else. A blind alien living on the moon could have seen their endorsement coming. Some days, it feels like there’s a secret competition between the Times and the Washington Post to see who can bury Donald Trump the deepest. Anyone who would have canceled their subscription based on bias would have done so many months ago.
Newspapers like the Arizona Republic, however, have cultivated a conservative readership over the years. In the paper’s 100+ year history, the editors have never endorsed a Democrat for president. This year, they broke tradition, claiming that Donald Trump was unfit to take the country’s most important mantle.
“Trump’s long history of objectifying women and his demeaning comments about women during the campaign are not just good-old-boy gaffes,” the paper said in their endorsement of Clinton. “They are evidence of deep character flaws. They are part of a pattern.”
According to the aforementioned Times, the Arizona paper is feeling the consequences of their endorsement:
The subscription cancellations were coming every 10 minutes. Angry readers have been calling in droves. One caller issued a death threat.
“We’re feeling the weight of our history,” Phil Boas, the editorial page editor of The Arizona Republic, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
No, you’re feeling the weight of being on the wrong side of history.
There seems to be this assumption among many media-type conservatives that once Trump is finished, the movement he built will vanish along with him. As long as they can just get through this election, things will go back to normal. The so-called “alt-right” will once again be relegated to the deep, dark corners of the internet where racist cartoon frogs dwell.
Maybe they’re right.
But more likely, a Trump loss in November will only crystallize the movement that made him the Republican nominee. And after four years of a Hillary Clinton presidency, that movement will be more powerful than ever. By the time it’s all said and done, Democrats and establishment Republicans may be wishing for the sweet nostalgia of Donald Trump. Millions of conservative Americans are just about tired of playing nice.