The editorial board of the New York Post has endorsed Republican front-runner Donald Trump in the GOP primary — and from the sound of it, in the general election as well.
Calling Trump “a rookie candidate — a potential superstar of vast promise, but making rookie mistakes,” the Post insists that “the promise is there” and fawns over Trump’s “drawing millions of new voters to the polls and inspiring people who’d given up on ever again having a candidate who’d fight for them.”
The endorsement plays up the billionaire Manhattan real-estate magnate’s New York values, characterizing him as a “plain-talking entrepreneur with outer-borough, common-sense sensibilities” who “offers hope” to “those who’ve seen their government ignore their needs.”
About those rookie mistakes; the Post assumes Trump will “pivot — not just on the issues, but in his manner,” in a general-election campaign.
He’d better because, as the Post endorsement notes, “pulling U.S. troops out of Japan and South Korea — and pushing both countries to go nuclear to defend themselves — is not remotely a good idea.” Also, his “Build the Wall” approach to border security “is far too simplistic a policy for a nation of immigrants.” The endorsement also faults his language as “amateurish, divisive — and downright coarse.”
“But what else to expect from someone who’s never been a professional politician and reflects common-man passions?” the Post’s editors ask, to which several answers come to mind, such as “decency,” “humility,” or “not running for president.”