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As of Sunday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden had a 4-point lead in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, though The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed President Donald Trump over the weekend – the first time the publication has endorsed a Republican for President since 1972.
The editorial began by acknowledging all the accusations against Trump’s character, noting that people call him “unpresidential,” “crude and unkind.” Their response: “Isn’t the real question whether he has been taking the country, and the economy of this region, in the right direction these last four years?” The Post-Gazette editors acknowledged Trump’s “rudeness and put-downs and bragging and bending of the truth,” saying they “prefer the first-class temperament and demeanor of a Winston Churchill, a Dwight Eisenhower, a Franklin Roosevelt, a Ronald Reagan, or a Barack Obama (whom this newspaper supported in 2008 and 2012).”
The editors acknowledged the president’s divisiveness, but they praised his policies and his originalist justices, warning that Biden is too old and frail for the presidency.
According to the Post-Gazette, “under Donald Trump the economy, pre-COVID, boomed, like no time since the 1950s. Look at your 401(k) over the past three years,” the editors wrote. “Unemployment for Black Americans is lower than it has ever been, under any president of either party.” The Post-Gazette praised Trump’s trade deals, his work to protect Americans in “flyover” country, and his originalist nominees to the Supreme Court. “His third appointment, Amy Coney Barrett, is the best of all — a jurist whose mind and character and scholarship ARE first class. We hope she stands against both judicial and executive excess.”
Perhaps most importantly for Pennsylvania, the Post-Gazette praised Trump’s record on energy. The Post-Gazette acknowledged that Trump hasn’t handled the pandemic perfectly, but “no one masters a pandemic. And the president was and is right that we must not cower before the disease and we have to keep America open and working.” Meanwhile, according to the Post-Gazette, Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), offer “higher taxes and a nanny state that will bow to the bullies and the woke who would tear down history rather than learning from history and building up the country.”
While the Post-Gazette has not supported a Republican for president since 1972, the editors wrote that “we believe Mr. Trump, for all his faults, is the better choice this year.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette made arguments supporting Trump in Pennsylvania, a key swing state (PJ Media).
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE