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."
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.
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.