Wired magazine made its first presidential endorsement Thursday, backing Hillary Clinton in the name of optimism.
The editor in chief, Scott Dadich, wrote, “Wired has never made a practice of endorsing candidates for president of the United States. Through five election cycles we’ve written about politics and politicians and held them up against our ideals. But we’ve avoided telling you, our readers, who Wired viewed as the best choice. Today we will. Wired sees only one person running for president who can do the job: Hillary Clinton.”
Wired was founded in 1993, and covers tech’s impact on the economy, politics and culture.
Clinton won Wired’s praise for supporting net neutrality, pledging to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, and aiming to make immigration easier for people with STEM degrees. “Clinton also has ideas that clear away stumbling blocks for entrepreneurs and strivers. She proposes linking entrepreneurship to forgiveness of student loans, as a way to help young people start businesses,” Dadich wrote.
Dadich didn’t mince words when it came to Donald Trump’s ability to lead — and his lack of understanding of basic science.
“In Trump’s 14 months as a political candidate, he has demonstrated an utter indifference to the truth and to reality itself. He appears to seek only his own validation from the most revanchist, xenophobic crowds in America. He is trolling, hard,” Dadich wrote.
Dadich acknowledged the fears of Trump supporters who feel they have been left out of the digital revolution. But he stressed the importance of investing in the future — and leaders who do that without building a wall.
“Clinton’s vision is bright and forward-looking; Donald Trump’s is dark and atavistic,” he wrote. “We happen to believe that Clinton… is the only candidate who can assess the data, consult with the people who need to be heard, and make decisions that she can logically defend. Sure, she’s calculating. She’s tactical. There are worse things you can ask of a person with nuclear codes.”