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Editorial: Trump should step aside and let a statesman run

The dangerous verbal offensiveness of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump hit critical mass this week, proving his temperament is ill suited to lead America and the free world. The celebrity businessman should pull out of the race for the White House, not only for the good of his party, but most importantly for the good of the nation. He can go saying he has proved one of his points – that a majority of Americans think we are on the wrong track under Obama.

If he can’t see this, and see that his pompous bombast is ruining a chance to alter our course, those in his inner circle should recognize it and try to push him in that direction.

This has nothing to do with President Obama’s saying Trump is unfit for the office and everything to do with the fact no one, no matter how disgusted they are with the state of the nation today, can defend someone who verbally attacks the parents of a U.S. Army captain killed by a suicide bomber. Men who make the ultimate sacrifice like Capt. Humayun Khan did in Iraq in 2004 are the exact reason people like Trump – and Bill and Hillary Clinton – can stay home and make money and shoot their mouths off.

And at this Trump excels, showcasing another ugly trait – that of not knowing when to stand down. When confronted with not only the outrageousness of his comments but their inaccuracies, Trump flippantly says “hey … am I gonna check every statistic?”

In a nation based on laws, on fairness at its core, and especially in unstable times, the American people entrust their leader to make decisions based on reliable information, not ego-fueled hurt feelings and what’s trending on social media.

Amazingly, this race is still undecided and Trump in striking distance because Hillary Clinton is an awful candidate in her own right. But less so in comparison. And certainly disciplined and coached compared to Trump’s unsettling rants.

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Trump should leave the presidential race in time for his party to regroup behind a candidate who values truth and sacrifice.

And so his nation, our nation, can have a real choice on Election Day.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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