Some of our readers were shocked when we published a cover story in which University of Nevada, Reno journalism professor emeritus Jake Highton made the case for Donald Trump’s candidacy (“The Trump card,” RN&R, June 30). Highton wrote that Hillary Clinton was “beholden to corporate power” and “an unabashed hawk” while Trump wanted to stop corporations who get away with “tax murder” and would reduce U.S. military commitments.
But as the campaign unfolded, Highton found that in the end he could not do it. After more and more reports piled up on Trump’s record, Highton wrote in his Sparks Tribune column this week that “contrary to my earlier advice in print, I can’t vote for Trump with a clear conscience. Trump has alienated far too many people and whole organizations. The last straw was criticizing women and groping them. I have long been pro-feminist, an ardent proponent of women’s rights. I supported the Equal Rights Amendment that was never ratified. So how will I vote for president today? ‘None of these candidates,’ an option we are fortunate to have in Nevada.”
Incidentally, we also offered to publish a piece by a Republican who supported Clinton, but none ever came forward.