With much of the state and nation having already voted, it feels like Election 2020 is all over but the shouting. The shouting, though, can be highly revealing. And these past few days the uproar has been loudest in an unlikely place: Spokane.
The Lilac City is a light-blue town smack in a deep-red county. The red parts outmuscle the blue at the ballot box, such that in the 2016 presidential vote, Donald Trump won Spokane County by about 9 percentage points.
So you’d think it wouldn’t be that big of a deal that the area’s daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, endorsed Trump for reelection last Sunday.
But the editorial stance was roundly booed, both locally and nationally, and it led to scores of subscribers canceling the paper. The Spokesman’s former editorial page editor weighed in to say he’s “ashamed to say I worked there,” while a current news columnist called it “an utter mind-twister.”
The problem wasn’t just that the paper endorsed Trump. It’s the argument the editorial made.