— A St. Louis newspaper has resigned following a statement issued by the St. Charles County Clerk’s Office that the newspaper was not willing to accept Donald Trump’s election as president.
The newspaper, The Republic, was the only publication in the St Louis metro area to not vote for the Republican candidate in 2016, according to the statement.
According to the St Charles County Register, the newspaper’s owner, James Brown, stated in the statement that he is not willing “to participate in any activity that violates the Constitution of the United States or the will of the American people.”
Brown said in a statement that the decision is a personal one, adding that he will not be taking a salary, nor will he be making any political contributions.
The decision to resign was made Monday, and a spokesman for the St James City Clerk’s office confirmed the news to the Journal-World.
Brown told the paper he had received threats, saying that he “was called a racist, a homophobe, and an anti-Semite.”
The paper’s website has also been hacked in recent weeks, and has been hacked by a group called the DDoS Attackers Group, which also targeted other media organizations, including the StLouis Post-Dispatch and the New York Daily News.
“The Republic of St. Lucie County, through its editorial staff, will not accept the results of the election, including Donald Trump as President of the USA,” the statement read.
“The Republic is deeply committed to the values of free speech and independent journalism.”
Brown added that the paper will continue to publish “an editorial in the future that expresses its position on the future of the Republic.”
The newspaper’s website stated in a blog post on Sunday that it would not publish a second edition until the election is over.