Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt and columnists E.J. Dionne, Jennifer Rubin and Jonathan Capehart join deputy editorial page editor Ruth Marcus at the Post headquarters Wednesday in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention to off some unconventional convention(al) wisdom. (Washington Post Live)

Throughout 2016, The Washington Post editorial board has pleaded with Republican leaders: “Are you really going to let this happen to your party?” The “this,” of course, is Donald Trump.

In a live panel discussion at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Editorial page editor Fred Hiatt expanded on why the editorial board decided to publish a full-page Sunday editorial ruling out an endorsement of Trump for president, an unprecedented move this early in an election year. “When the [Republican] convention was over, our message to voters was to say, ‘Okay this has happened, and the only people that could save the country from Donald Trump now is you.’”

The Post’s editorial board has published several editorials directly addressing the Republican leadership, including a February editorial with the headline, “GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump.

Hiatt stressed that the board will continue to take a critical look at Hillary Clinton and her campaign. “I’m sure some readers will doubt that, and we will just have to prove it in practice,” Hiatt said. “I don’t think holding one view keeps us from doing the other, which is also part of our job.” In May, the board hit Clinton on her use of a private email server during her stint as secretary of state.

You can watch the entire conversation above, with deputy editorial page editor Ruth Marcus and columnists Jennifer Rubin, Jonathan Capehart and E.J. Dionne Jr.