With less than two months before elections, Trump has yet to receive a single major newspaper endorsement. That is sort of a huge thing. Never before in U.S. political history has a candidate failed to attract at least one major newspaper endorsement this deep into the election cycle.
Usually major newspapers of a region that are democratic for example, say New York City, are obligated to represent their audience, so they will endorse the Democratic president. The New York Times just endorsed Hillary the other day.
Strangely enough, it is not like that for Trump. The Cincinnati Enquirer, for example, which has not endorsed a Democrat in about a hundred years, is backing Hillary.
The Dallas Morning News, one of the most conservative papers in the country, is also endorsing Hillary.
New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, The Union Leader, is backing Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson. For 100 years, the paper has backed the Republican nominee.
Joe McQuaid, the paper’s publisher, slammed the Republican nominee in a front-page editorial.
Trump has shown himself to be a crude blowhard with no clear political philosophy and no deeper understanding of the important and serious role of president of the United States than one of the goons he lets rough up protesters in his crowds.
He reminds us of the grownup bully “Biff” in the Back to the Future movie series. Lo and behold, the screenwriter says that he based Biff on Trump. On Feb. 9, we trust New Hampshire Republicans will send “Biff Trump” back to somewhere — anywhere but on the road to the most important elective office in the United States at a most crucial time for this nation. [New Hampshire Union Leader]
Another important endorsement that presidential nominees try to collect, are from top executives of the Fortune 100 companies. Of course, there are financial benefits to gaining endorsements from these financial leaders, but more valuable is the impression these endorsements give to voters, that such respected top executives feel that the candidate is competent on economic issues.
Sadly for Trump, not one chief executive of a Fortune 100 company has endorsed Trump. Hillary has gained 11. Back in 2012, Romney had a third of all the top executives of the companies on Fortune 100.
Hillary has actually gained twice as many donations from Fortune 100 executives than President Obama did in 2012. Many of these executives apparently, feel comfortable with Hillary, and our confident with her economic plan.
Just last month, Hillary has received donations from Apple’s Tim Cook, American Airlines’ Doug Parker, and Nike’s Mark Parker.
Some of these top executives are so petrified of what Trump might do to the country and to our economy that they are actually criticizing him. Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard, called him “reckless and uninformed”. She urged that other Republicans refused to endorse him.
Meg Whitman gave $100,000 to Romney’s campaign in 2012.
The CEO of General Electric, Jeffrey Immelt, called Trump’s plan to kick out Muslims and Hispanics from our country, “unacceptable”.
Trump’s greatest endorsement was from 88 retired generals and admirals. Significant? Sure, although Romney was endorsed by 500. A closer inspection of these 88 names however, reveals a unique military class of not one service chief nor one who led a single major combatant command.
Two of the names are known for their controversial comments about Islam. Lieutenant General Thomas McInerey filed court documents challenging Obama’s eligibility to serve as President. Another name on that “elite” list is a major general in the California State Military Reserve, which isn’t a branch of the U.S. armed forces. One Air Force general on that list was reprimanded for his role in a deadly crash, four of the commanders on the list were involved with one of the biggest Navy scandals in history, and there is even a special forces general on the list that tried to turn military campaigns into religious crusades.
Looks like the Trump team was getting desperate.
Why is it so hard for Trump to get a single endorsement?
When Trump says the racist comments that he does a newspaper, a CEO, even a politician that endorses Trump is also endorsing these comments.
It is no coincidence that the biggest endorsement Trump has scored so far is from the KKK.
Trump’s meteoric rise was undoubtedly caused by the same comments that frighten people from endorsing him. As soon as he told America that he wanted to kick out Muslims and ban Hispanics from entering our country, he became the Republican darling. Without saying such auspicious comments, it is questionable that Trump would be where he is today.
Ironically, those same comments now are suppressing the usual conservative endorsements of Trump. Ed Rogers, a Republican lobbyist told the Wall Street Journal,
Any contribution would cause pushback from employees and customers. When you contribute, you own that candidate’s positions and persona.
Even college conservative clubs have refused to endorse Trump’s divisive rhetoric. In early August. the Harvard Republican Club said that Trump, “is not consistent with our conservative principles.”
Instead of focusing on the presidential race, The Texas Federation of College Republicans have decided to shift its attention on local races. The federation’s east region vice chair, said that the decision was made because of Trump’s divisiveness.