A newspaper that endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 issued a blistering rebuke of President Trump on the eve of his campaign launch, and now everyone seems to think an earth-shattering event has suddenly happened.
Indeed, as President Trump prepared to kick off his re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida, the Orlando Sentinel proudly proclaimed that it would not be endorsing the president in the 2020 election — just like it did during the 2016 election. Perhaps that is meant to be symbolic — or something. As to why the newspaper could so surely make such a non-endorsement this far out from the election when the Democrats have an avowed socialist who wants to give voting rights to convicted felons, the Orlando Sentinel explains it thus: "We've had enough."
There’s no point pretending we would ever recommend that readers vote for Trump.
After 2½ years we’ve seen enough.
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.
Trump’s capacity for lying isn’t the surprise here, though the frequency is.
It’s the tolerance so many Americans have for it.
Nowhere in the piece does the Orlando Sentinel state how the increasingly radical-left Democrats make the country better than does Trump. Instead, the article just regurgitates anti-Trump talking points that anyone can get on a regular diet of Stephen Colbert.
Oddly, the Orlando Sentinel then claims that it is being impartial with its analysis, as if people might forget the paper endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016. In fact, the newspaper even says that it would give a Romney or a Kasich a "serious look" if they were to run.
"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," the paper boldly exclaimed.
Here's what the Orlando Sentinel said of Hillary Clinton in 2016:
Like her or not, Democrat Hillary Clinton is well qualified to be president. Republican Donald Trump is not. Whether it's experience, knowledge, judgment or temperament, Clinton transcends Trump.
Trump is a businessman and reality TV star who has never held public office and, until the current campaign, showed little interest in public service. In interviews and debates, he has exposed his ignorance on many of the issues he would confront as president.
Clinton has a record of accomplishment to go along with her public service. After spearheading a failed bid to reform health care during her husband's first term, she bounced back and worked with congressional leaders in both parties to launch the Children's Health Insurance Program, which now covers 8 million kids.
None of what the Orlando Sentinel said should come as a surprise to anyone. Commentators have, however, tried to say it signifies something. A simple Twitter search of "Orlando Sentinel" reveals various left-wing figures, from Jim Acosta to Brian Stelter, quoting the rebuke as if a major bombshell had dropped on his campaign. Media bias, as always, is real.