Donald Trump is the first Republican president since Richard Nixon to earn the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
In a big win for the president, the Pennsylvania-based paper is giving Trump its thumbs-up just hours before Election Day, Breitbart reports.
Putting Americans first
In an article outlining their endorsement, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board criticized Trump’s personality, but highlighted his record of accomplishments in his first term in office. “He has put America first, just as he said he would,” the editors wrote, according to Breitbart.
The Post-Gazette — which endorsed Barack Obama in both of his presidential campaigns — went on to praise the job Trump has done handling the economy and energy, noting that America has achieved “energy independence for the first time in the lifetimes of most of us,” as Fox Business reported.
“Thanks to him, middle America is on the map again and the Appalachian and hourly worker has some hope,” the paper’s editorial board added. “Has Mr. Trump done enough for these struggling fellow citizens? No. But he recognized them. Maybe he was not articulate, but he recognized their pain.”
Middle America on the map
The editors of the Post-Gazette also praised Trump for recognizing, unlike Biden, that China is America’s “enemy,” for pushing to end coronavirus-related lockdowns, and for changing the conversation on trade, to the benefit of Western Pennsylvania and other regions where manufacturing has declined over the years.
“No one ever asked the American people, or the people in ‘flyover’ country, if they wanted to send their jobs abroad — until Mr. Trump,” the editors at the Post-Gazette wrote. “He has moved the debate, in both parties, from free trade, totally unfettered, to managed, or fair, trade.”
By contrast, the editors contend, Biden is “too old” for the job and would destroy jobs in Pennsylvania, where fracking is critical to the economy.
“[His platform] offers an end to fracking and other Cuckoo California dreams that will cost the economy and the people who most need work right now,” the Post-Gazette‘s editors claimed.
Making America great again
The endorsement is a heartening indicator for Trump, who is campaigning hard against Biden to win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. Biden is spending his final day campaigning in the Keystone State, and the president stopped in Scranton, Biden’s hometown, as part of the last leg of his own rallies.
In Scranton, Trump slammed Biden for promising to ban fracking — a vow Biden now falsely insists he never made — and thanked the Post-Gazette for its endorsement, its first of a Republican since Nixon’s landslide victory against George McGovern in 1972. “The people of the Post-Gazette, I would like to thank you, I will forgive you for the first one or two paragraphs,” Trump said, according to Fox News.
Is Pennsylvania swinging in Trump’s favor? With just hours left before the last of America’s voters hit the polls, it’s certainly not out of the question.