In a scathing editorial, The Orlando Sentinel announced that they would be endorsing anyone but Donald Trump in 2020.
The Orlando Sentinel Announces That It Won’t Endorse Trump
In what was maybe the first disendorsement in modern presidential campaign history, The Sentinel editors wrote:
This non-endorsement isn’t defaulting to whomever the Democrats choose. This newspaper has a history of presidential appointments favoring Republicans starting in the mid-20th century. Except for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Sentinel backed Republican presidential nominees from 1952 through 2004, when we recommended John Kerry over another four years of George W. Bush.
As recently as 2012 we recommended Republican Mitt Romney because of what seemed at the time to be Obama’s failure to adequately manage the nation’s finances.
If — however unlikely — a Republican like Romney, now a senator from Utah, or former Ohio Gov. John Kasich successfully primaried the president, we would eagerly give them a look. Same if an independent candidate mounted a legitimate campaign.
We’d even consider backing Trump if, say, he found the proverbial cure for cancer or — about as likely — changed the essence of who he is (he won’t).
The nation must endure another 1½ years of Trump. But it needn’t suffer another four beyond that.
Trump’s reelection campaign is off to a bad start
Before Trump has arrived in Orlando, his acting defense secretary quit, his promise to deport millions of immigrants were deemed to be impossible by ICE, and the city’s newspaper has announced that they will not be endorsing his reelection campaign.
Trump thinks that he can make the 2020 election about his opponent. The president is trying to run the same campaign that he ran against Hillary Clinton in 2016, but what the Sentinel editorial demonstrates is that the next presidential election is going to be all about Donald Trump.
The president is the issue in 2020, and he is the biggest reason why Republicans are currently heading for defeat.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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