Hours before President Trump is set to kickoff his 2020 reelection campaign in Orlando, the city’s largest news organization announced they are endorsing whoever challenges Trump in the general election regardless of who it is.
“We’re here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020, or, at least, who we’re not endorsing: Donald Trump,” the Orlando Sentinel said in its Tuesday staff editorial. “Because there’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.”
After nearly three years, the paper’s editorial board said it has seen enough.
“Enough of the chaos, the division, the schoolyard insults, the self-aggrandizement, the corruption, and especially the lies,” they said. “So many lies — from white lies to whoppers — told out of ignorance, laziness, recklessness, expediency or opportunity.”
In a public shaming of people who voted for the president in 2016, the Sentinel called out what it described as a troubling “tolerance” for Trump’s divisive rhetoric.
“Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here,” it said. “Though the frequency is. It’s the tolerance so many Americans have for it.”
Fans of the president began lining up outside the city’s Amway Center as early as Monday afternoon for the Trump campaign kickoff rally, which begins at 8 p.m. EST.
In an early-morning tweet Tuesday, the president complained that the so-called “Fake News” media does not focus enough on the support he and other Republicans have from voters.
He cited the crowd gathered outside the Orlando venue as evidence of his popularity.
“Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high,” Trump said. “Look what is going on in Orlando, Florida, right now! People have never seen anything like it (unless you play a guitar). Going to be wild.”
But the Orlando Sentinel said they and the people of Central Florida are tired of Trump and his supporters.
“The nation must endure another 1˝ years of Trump. But it needn’t suffer another four beyond that,” it said. “We can do better. We have to do better.”