Will Trump Hotels Continue to Give Guests Free Newspapers?

I’ve stayed in hotels before where I was comped a free copy of USA Today each morning. I’ve never really considered how that works financially, but I presume that USA Today can boost its advertising rates as a result of the increased circulation. The hotels just like providing a service that their customers will appreciate.

I suspect that Trump will make sure that guests at his hotels no longer get free copies of USA Today now that the editorial board has declared him unfit to serve as president.

He’s definitely not happy that guests in most of his hotels woke up this morning and found this staring them in the face:


There’s a problem, though.

On Tuesday, the Arizona Republic editorial board endorsed Clinton, marking the first time it had backed a Democrat for president in its 126-year history. The Dallas Morning Newsthe Cincinnati Enquirer and the Houston Chronicle — all with traditionally conservative editorial pages — have also backed Clinton in recent months. The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for nearly a century. The Morning News hadn’t backed a Democrat for the White House since before World War II.

And on Thursday, the Detroit News abandoned Republicans for the first time in 143 years by endorsing the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson. As it happens, Johnson — who didn’t qualify for the general election debates and has been widely mocked for his unfamiliarity with Aleppo and all world leaders worth admiration — has collected more newspaper endorsements than Trump.

There are no papers with national circulation that have endorsed Trump. I’m not aware of any major paper that has endorsed him.

So, I guess the easiest thing for Trump Resorts to do is just discontinue the practice of comping newspapers to their guests. They’ll need to remove them from the gift shops, too.

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Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com