The New York Post has officially endorsed Republican Donald Trump for president.
In an op-ed published on April 14, the newspaper's editorial board referred to Trump as a "rookie candidate" who is a "potential superstar of vast promise."
The editorial suggested that Trump should become more presidential and "better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned." The board added, however, that the "plain-talking entrepreneur with outer-borough, common-sense sensibilities … reflects the best of 'New York values.'"
The newspaper did point out certain Trump proposals that it doesn't fully agree with, such as building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But it dismissed Trump's faults as "rookie mistakes," explaining that Trump is not a "professional politician" but rather a passionate "common-man."
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According to the newspaper, It is this form of engagement that makes Trump appealing to a public who is angry at the government.
"To those fed up with the rule of lobbyists and an insular political class, to those who’ve seen their government ignore their needs — seen it continually degrade the quality not just of their economic lives, but of their place in society — Trump offers hope," the editorial read.
The newspaper noted that Trump’s political incorrectness is "one of his greatest attractions" as it proves he is not a part of America's political establishment.
"He’s challenging the victim culture that has turned into a victimizing culture," the editorial board wrote.
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According to the Post, Trump will "stay true to his voters" in the general election and will prove that he's qualified to be president.
"He has the potential — the skills, the know-how, the values — to live up to his campaign slogan: to make America great again," the editorial read.
The endorsement comes days after the New York Observer, which is owned by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, husband to his daughter Ivanka, endorsed Trump for president. The newspaper said its decision was not made because of its connection to the Trump family; rather, it was done because the Trump is "giving millions of disillusioned Americans a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity."
The Post is part of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp family.
In March, Murdoch showed support for Trump on Twitter, writing that the Republican front-runner has bipartisan appeal.
"If Trump nominated some Republicans may stay home, but not nearly as many Dems already abstaining or crossing over!" Murdoch tweeted.