After 80 years of not editorializing about partisan presidential politics, The Deseret News (owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and Utah’s oldest daily newspaper with circulation among the LDS communities in Utah, Idaho, Arizona and elsewhere) has called on Donald Trump to:
“Step down from his pursuit of the American presidency.”
The editorial continues:
“The belief that the party and the platform matter more than the character of the candidate ignores the wisdom of the ages that,
“when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
“We understand that politicians and presidential candidates are human and that everyone makes mistakes. We do not believe that what is expressed in an unguarded moment of conversation should be the full measure of an individual. And we unquestionably support the principle that people deserve forgiveness, compassion and a second chance.
“But history affirms that leaders’ examples either elevate or demean the lives of those being led. When choosing the ostensible leader of the free world, the American electorate requires the clear assurance that their chosen candidate will consistently put the well-being of others ahead of his or her own personal gratification. The most recent revelations of Trump’s lewdness disturb us not only because of his vulgar objectification of women, but also because they poignantly confirm Trump’s inability to self-govern. . . . We ask him to step aside.”
The full article can be read HERE.
(Note: While IPR does not typically cover either of the two OLD Parties, nor their candidates, the impact of this admonition on the LDS community is likely to greatly impact the vote totals for Third Party candidates, not only in Utah, but in other western states with significant LDS populations as well.)