Win another one for The Gipper? Newspaper endorses Reagan for president

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  • "If you are voting in the GOP primary Tuesday, write in Ronald Reagan for president," the editorial board writes
  • "Maybe Trump will get the message," the board adds

Washington (CNN)The San Diego Union-Tribune has some advice for #NeverTrump Republicans -- vote for the late former President Ronald Reagan, instead.

You read that right. The editorial board for the daily newspaper wrote an op-ed Thursday saying it cannot endorse Donald Trump for president.
    "We can't endorse Trump for reasons we've documented repeatedly: belligerence, casual cruelty, incoherence on policy issues," the board writes. "We can't recommend voters don't vote at all because that's a waste, and we can't suggest voting for another candidate because it accomplishes nothing."
    So their solution?
    "If you are voting in the GOP primary Tuesday, write in Ronald Reagan for president," the editorial board wrote about the 40th president, who died in 2004 at age 93.
    The board said that Reagan's political beliefs, which helped shape the modern Republican Party, should be the philosophy that Trump invokes in his own platform.
    "Today, the principles of the party of Ronald Reagan are as relevant as ever: a stable border, a strong military and economic policy focused on low taxes, less bureaucracy and limited regulation," the board writes.
    The opinion also mentions San Diego's proximity to the Mexican border, writing, "Ours is a city of complexity and balance, of possibility."
    The article ends with the editorial board saying Trump doesn't deserve the party's mandate.
    "Maybe Trump will get the message," the board wrote.