The Chicago Tribune editorial board endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson for president Friday.
"This year neither major party presents a good option," the endorsement reads. "So the Chicago Tribune today endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for president of the United States. Every American who casts a vote for him is standing for principles -- and can be proud of that vote. Yes, proud of a candidate in 2016."
The editorial board said Republican Donald Trump is unfit to be president, having "neither the character nor the prudent disposition for the job." The paper could not endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton due to "her intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust."
Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, and running mate William Weld, the former governor or Massachusetts, "offer an agenda that appeals not only to the Tribune's principles but to those of the many Americans who say they are socially tolerant but fiscally responsible," the endorsement states.
The editorial board went on to say: "We reject the cliche that a citizen who chooses a principled third-party candidate is squandering his or her vote. Look at the number of fed-up Americans telling pollsters they clamor for alternatives to Trump and Clinton. What we're recommending will appeal less to people who think tactically than to conscientious Americans so infuriated that they want to send a message about the failings of the major parties and their candidates."
The paper's endorsement failed to mention Johnson's Aleppo gaffe during an appearance earlier this month on MSNBC. Johnson was asked about Aleppo, the Syrian city ravaged by the country's civil war, to which he replied, "What is Aleppo?"
Johnson had a second high-profile flub during an interview Wednesday night with MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Johnson was unable to name his favorite foreign leader. "I guess I'm having an Aleppo moment," he said.
Johnson said his favorite leader is the "former president of Mexico," though he didn't remember the person's name. "I'm having a brain freeze," he said.
Weld, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, threw Johnson a lifeline by tossing out the names of a few former Mexican presidents.
"Fox! Thank you!" Johnson said upon hearing the name of former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Five newspapers have thus far backed Johnson in the race for president, including the Detroit News, which endorsed the candidate on Thursday.