An Orlando newspaper made an unusually early presidential endorsement Tuesday when it endorsed “Not Donald Trump” for the 2020 presidency.
“Donald Trump is in Orlando to announce the kickoff of his re-election campaign,” The Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board said. “We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump.”
The totally non-biased and certainly trustworthy paper has made the calculation that no matter what happens between now and November of 2020, whoever comes to oppose Trump will be better for the nation than Trump. In case its audience was wondering how it could make such a decision so early on, the paper explained, dropping any pretense of objectivity in the process.
“Some readers will wonder how we could possibly eliminate a candidate so far before an election, and before knowing the identity of his opponent,” the paper said. “Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump. After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.”
The good news for Trump supporters is this: Newspaper endorsements do not win a political election. In fact, in 2016, 57 newspapers endorsed Hillary R. Clinton for president, while only two endorsed Trump. It’s as though ordinary Americans do not care what stuffy editors at left-wing print media organizations think.
Meanwhile, Trump supporters have been camped out in The Sentinel’s backyard for 24 hours, lining up to get the best seat for Tuesday night’s campaign kickoff rally.
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