As the first newspaper that held the honor of endorsing Donald Trump for president, we — the Las Vegas Tribune — take pride in welcoming Mr. Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States and pray that the transition takes place peacefully and with the respect that the office of the presidency, and those taking part in the administration, deserves.
The Las Vegas Tribune has been a passionate supporter of Donald Trump from day one — from that very first day of June 16, 2015 when he officially became a candidate and vowed that when he wins he would build a wall to protect the privacy of the nation. Las Vegas’s only independent newspaper, the Las Vegas Tribune, was behind his candidature in both the newspaper and the newspaper’s own radio station.
Despite the cold war from the Nevada Republican Party, and Charles Muños, the Nevada Director of the Trump campaign, the newspaper stood firm and loyal in its support for the man that the Las Vegas Tribune founders believe will be the savior of the best country of them all.
The Republican Party and Muños completely ignored the only backer that, at the time, Trump may have had in Las Vegas; no information, no advice or press conferences and no communication with the only newspaper that was supporting the real candidate because “they are too small to waste time with them,” according to Charles Muños who never wanted to appear on the popular Face The Tribune radio show, and always ignored the calls and the requests from the Las Vegas Tribune.
None of that stopped the newspaper from doubling their support of the candidate they believe will change the future of the United State and will make America Great Again.
On November 28th the Las Vegas Tribune’s founder and publisher, Rolando Larraz, wrote a front page article commenting on the Trump for President headquarters opening in a small office in an obscure part of the city, far from the glamour of the famous Strip and out of access of the locals who may have voted for the man that promises to make America Great Again.
The Las Vegas Tribune tried to keep faith with the candidate, but not believing that the famous billionaire who was running for president and known for his lavish lifestyle could have placed his political headquarters in such a tiny office in such an unknown part of town, and not wanting to embarrass the candidate, founder Larraz wrote: “The small office on the second floor of a tiny shopping mall in the west area of Las Vegas did not at all match the image of the successful flamboyant real estate tycoon.
There was no lavish buffet, no hors d’oeuvres, not even the“Donald Trump style” treatment, yet regardless, more than one thousand people participated in the opening of the Las Vegas headquarters of the man that many expected to be the next president of these trays or bottles of water for anyone expecting the e United States.
“There were probably more than the thousand people estimated by those who took the time to head-count the attendees, and all of them were not there for the food or the drinks; they were all there to show their support for the man who has promised to ‘Make America Great Again,’ and he was not even there; that is how much magnetism Donald Trump has and how much the voters are placing their trust in him.”
Some people believe that the McDonald-Muños team may have worked a donated space and perhaps charged the New York Campaign Office for the rent; maybe they even billed the campaign for the buffet, hors d’oeuvres, cheese trays and bottles of water that no one saw, but there is no evidence of that.
Others wonder how Charles Muños got to be appointed to run the Donald Trump campaign in Nevada, and later also in Arizona, at his young age, and with no experience or political knowledge besides being an activist for Americans for Prosperity at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Veteran Republican operatives and key leaders from several critical battleground states said that at best, they’ve never heard of Trump’s state director or have only limited familiarity with him — and at worst, they know him, and question his ability to do the job.
The Las Vegas Tribune learned later on that Charles Muños’ girlfriend is a staff employee for the Clark County Republican Party and he may have been recommended by Michael McDonald, the Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, despite his young age and lack of political knowledge and/or experience.
Neither the Clark County Republican Party or the Nevada Republican Party, nor its Chairman, Michael McDonald, returned Las Vegas
Tribune’s telephone calls the several times the newspaper has reached out to them for comments until the newspaper staff learned from Rolando Larraz that Muños had told Didi Lima that he does not bother with the Tribune because the newspaper is too small to answer their telephone calls.
In a September 28th editorial the Las Vegas Tribune wrote “We cannot care less what Didi Lima — who has resided in Las Vegas for only ten years, was fired from her GOP communications position from the John McCain presidential campaign, and worked on twelve gaming properties, besides being Assistant to the President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, according to her online résumé — said, and we also cannot care less what Trump Campaign Director in Nevada and Arizona, Charles Muños’ opinion is of the Las Vegas Tribune; we simply ask the voters and members of all political parties this year to put personal feelings and party loyalty aside and give Donald Trump the opportunity to prove himself to the country and the world.”
The newspaper has been vandalized three times for being a supporter of Donald Trump but no one has paid attention because they are all wrapped up in their efforts to ignore the place the Las Vegas Tribune occupies in the community.