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"...she walked to church and prayed for you. Prayed for patience, for forgiveness."


How do we respond to threats after our endorsement? This is how


What is the correct response to these threats? Today, I offer you a few.



Mi-Ai Parrish, The Republic | azcentral.com 10:19 p.m. MST October 15, 2016

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The endorsement question we faced

More than a year ago, The Republic’s editorial board began taking a stand against the actions and positioning of Donald Trump. In piece after piece, we made it clear that his principles weren’t conservative. They were bad for the party, bad for Arizona, dangerous for America.

But in its more than 125 years, The Republic had never endorsed a Democrat for president. So, over the many months of the campaign, we found ourselves with this question: Endorse no one, or endorse a Democrat for the first time in our history?

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What is the correct response to any of the vile threats against me? What is the correct response to the more disturbing actions and words directed against so many others?

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First, to those who called

To the anonymous caller who invoked the name of Don Bolles — he’s the Republic reporter who was assassinated by a car bomb 40 years ago — and threatened that more of our reporters would be blown up because of the endorsement, I give you Kimberly. She is the young woman who answered the phone when you called. She sat in my office and calmly told three Phoenix police detectives what you had said. She told them that later, she walked to church and prayed for you. Prayed for patience, for forgiveness. Kimberly knows free speech requires compassion.



Investigators examine the car of Don Bolles, investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic, who died on June 13, 1976. (Photo: The Republic)


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http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/2016/10/16/publisher-response-to-threats-after-republic-endorsement-clinton-trump/92058964/

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