PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 31: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters about his Immigration Policy during a campaign rally on August 31, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
Photo: Ralph Freso
Photo: Ralph Freso

Dallas Morning News says it 'cannot recommend' Trump for president

The Dallas Morning News, known for its preference for Republican candidates for president, is urging its readers to not choose Donald Trump at the ballot box.

"Donald Trump is no Republican, and we cannot recommend him for president," the newspaper tweeted Tuesday morning.

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It's the first time since 1964 that the publication's editorial board has rejected the GOP standard bearer. An editorial posted Tuesday morning doesn't endorse any candidate. The newspaper plans an endorsement Wednesday.

"Trump is -- or has been -- at odds with nearly every GOP ideal this newspaper holds dear," the editorial reads.

It goes on to rebuke Trump over his rejection of birthright citizenship, his proposed ban on Muslim immigration, his perceived cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, opposition to trade agreements and his isolationist foreign policy, as well as his changing stance on major issues.

"We have no interest in a Republican nominee for whom all principles are negotiable, nor in a Republican Party that is willing to trade away principle for pursuit of electoral victory," the editorial concludes. "Trump doesn't reflect Republican ideals of the past; we are certain he shouldn't reflect the GOP of the future. Donald Trump is not qualified to serve as president and does not deserve your vote."

The editorial comes as a new Washington Post poll shows Trump and Clinton locked in a dead heat in Texas.

In July following the national political conventions, the Houston Chronicle editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton.

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Correction: This story has been updated with the correct day The Dallas Morning News editorial board published an editorial urging its readers to not vote for Trump. The paper posted the editorial on Tuesday morning.