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Utah Newspaper Calls On Trump To: RESIGN YOUR CANDIDACY

utah-elevatedAfter 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.”

(Proverbs 29:2)

“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.)

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Joseph Buchman

Joe is a retired, formerly tenured professor of marketing and finance with a passion for adventure travel, chasing total solar eclipses, and Burning Man. He is a long-time volunteer with the Sundance Film Festival, former Chair of the Utah Libertarian Party, former Chair of the LP Platform Committee, and former Chair and three-term member of the LP's financial Audit Committee. Joe and Cindy have raised four highly successful children, several cats, and yet have generally failed miserably with every houseplant ever gifted to them.


  1. Tony From Long Island Tony From Long Island October 10, 2016

    Root . . . ” . . . .And to be fair, Hillary Clinton continues to cover for her rapist husband. Yes, I believe Bill Clinton is a rapist. And Hillary is his enabler. So no, I don’t think Trump is any worse than either of the Clintons. . . . ”

    Even KEN STARR found the allegations to be without merit . . . give me a break

  2. Trent Hill Trent Hill October 10, 2016

    This could actually put Utah in play. It represents the LDS Church actually telling Trump to drop out. This is something mormons will take very seriously. On top of that, all of their major political leaders are un-endorsing him or never did. It could absolutely make Utah a free-for-all state between Trump, Clinton, Johnson, and, yes, McMullin.

    Even bigger, it could have a huge spillover effect. New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California, Idaho, and Nevada have significant mormon populations that will be looking for someone to vote for outside of Trump.

    I hope Johnson’s campaign is prepared to harness this.

  3. Matthew Cholko Matthew Cholko October 9, 2016

    I don’t have enough information to judge Bill Clinton’s guilt, regarding the allegations of rape. But, I agree with everything else RTAA mentions. The Clintons are no better, They’re grade a scum. Supporters of candidates will overlook any and all indiscretions by the candidate, and will absolutely see the worst in any allegations throw at their opponents.

    In other words, everyone already knows Trump is a douchebag. Everyone knows that Clinton is a typical aristocrat, that believes (correctly) that she and hers are above the law. Not enough people care for these factors to disrupt the duopoly.

  4. Root's Teeth Are Awesome Root's Teeth Are Awesome October 9, 2016

    I was watching C-Span’s Washington Journal yesterday. Trump supporters — including women — were unapologetic and hardcore in their continuing support of Trump.

    Trump’s remarks won’t affect anything. The poll numbers won’t budge. His supporters know he’s foul-mouthed, and they either love him for it, or don’t give a damn.

    And to be fair, Hillary Clinton continues to cover for her rapist husband. Yes, I believe Bill Clinton is a rapist. And Hillary is his enabler. So no, I don’t think Trump is any worse than either of the Clintons.

  5. William Saturn William Saturn October 8, 2016

    “Trump is finished.”

    And how many times has that been said since the early 1990s?

  6. Anthony Dlugos Anthony Dlugos October 8, 2016

    Time to reconnect with all the Republicans who turned down the chance to endorse Johnson-Weld before, and implore them to reconsider.

  7. Be Rational Be Rational October 8, 2016

    Trump is finished.

    We now have a two-way race between Johnson and Clinton.

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