President Donald Trump is set to head to Orlando, Florida on Tuesday evening where he will formally begin his 2020 reelection bid. The event will likely have all the trappings of a typical Trump rally: chants of “lock her up” and “build the wall,” the president railing against the media and political foes, and plenty of red hats.
But if Trump reads the local newspaper in Orlando, he’ll see a glaring headline that is sure to upset him. Ahead of the rally, the Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board ran a piece titled: “Our Orlando Sentinel endorsement for president in 2020: Not Donald Trump.”
Here’s a look at the page:
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The Sentinel writers quipped, “After 2½ years we’ve seen enough,” adding, “Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies. So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.”
Referencing his chumminess with both Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un, the Sentinel wrote, “Trump has diminished our standing in the world. He reneges on deals, attacks allies and embraces enemies.”
They closed by saying that they would take a serious look at a “Republican like Romney” if one were to primary Trump. But admitted that such a situation was doubtful and wrote “we can do better. We have to do better.”
Though most editorial boards backed Clinton in 2016 (including the Sentinel), they noted that the paper has a long history of supporting Republicans. With the exception of Lyndon Johnson, the Sentinel says that they backed “Republican presidential nominees from 1952 through 2004.” The paper finally flipped to support Kerry against Bush in 2004 but supported Romney over Obama in 2012.
But the Floridians should probably get ready to see a lot more of President Trump. The state was a key win for him in 2016 and he will try to keep it red in 2020.