- The Orlando Sentinel, the leading newspaper in the Florida city where President Donald Trump is set to launch his 2020 reelection campaign, on Tuesday made it very clear it would not be endorsing Trump.
- The Sentinel said it has “seen enough” from Trump over his tenure so far and there’s “no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.”
- Since the 1950s, the Florida newspaper has overwhelmingly endorsed Republican presidential nominees with few exceptions.
- Trump’s campaign kickoff event is set to be held in Orlando on Tuesday night.
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign kickoff event in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night, the city’s primary newspaper made it clear the commander in chief would not be getting its endorsement as he vies for a second term.
The Sentinel said it’s “seen enough” from the president over the past 2 1/2 years and there’s “no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.”
The Orlando newspaper slammed Trump for what it characterised as his “assault on truth” and “war on decency.”
In making its case against Trump, the Sentinel said it has endorsed Republican presidential candidates in the past, such as Mitt Romney, now a US senator for Utah, against former President Barack Obama in 2012.
“This non-endorsement isn’t defaulting to whomever the Democrats choose. This newspaper has a history of presidential appointments favouring 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,” the paper said.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from INSIDER.
Trump heads into the 2020 campaign season with a low approval rating, escalating tensions with Iran, and a surge in migrants at the border that continues to divide Congress, among other issues.
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