McLEAN, Virginia- Breaking with a 34 year-old tradition of not endorsing a United States presidential candidate, USA TODAY has come out with a strong warning about Donald Trump. The have called him unfit for the high office.

“In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.”

The editorial board which operates by consensus which is separate from other journalistic ventures of the media outlet says they are a politically diverse group  consisting of both liberals and conservatives.

“From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.”

They say the recommendation will have no effect on further coverage. They also say the statement is not to be seen as an implicit endorsement for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.