There is a way in which Foreign Policy’s unprecedented endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president of the United States differs from the other unprecedented endorsements or unendorsements that have appeared in papers and magazines across the country.
The endorsement, which like those that have come before focuses on the danger of a Trump presidency, specifically homes in on “the areas in which we at FP specialize,” where Trump “has repeatedly demonstrated his ignorance of the most basic facts of international affairs, let alone the nuances so crucial to the responsibilities of diplomacy inherent in the U.S. president’s daily responsibilities.”
The list of ways Trump is perilously lacking in foreign policy-related sense or knowledge that FP details is long, from “promot[ing] the leadership of a tyrant and menace like Vladimir Putin, “welcom[ing] Russian meddling in the current U.S. election,” “dismiss[ing] the science of climate change,” to “denigrat[ing] the U.S. military.”
FP also mentions the style of leadership Donald Trump evinces, reminiscent of an autocratic cult of personality:
He has promoted a delusional and narcissistic view of the world, one in which he seems to feel that the power of his personality in negotiations could redirect the course of other nations, remake or supplant treaties, and contain those tyrants he does not actually embrace.
In its quite comprehensive account, FP goes through its issues with Trump on the domestic level as well. Read through the list, stay for the kicker:
Hillary Clinton is a quality candidate who is unquestionably well-prepared to lead this country. What is more, we do not think it is a small thing that by her election she will be righting a deep wrong that has compromised U.S. democracy since its inception: the exclusion of women from its highest offices. Were she to be elected as this country’s first woman president, not only would it be historic and send an important signal about both inclusiveness and Americans’ commitment to electing candidates who have distinguished themselves on their merits, but she would enter office having already put down one great threat to the United States of America — the grotesque and deeply disturbing prospect of a Donald Trump presidency.