The New York Post endorsed Donald Trump in Friday’s paper, ahead of Tuesday’s New York GOP primary. The move comes the same day that fellow News Corp publication The Wall Street Journal ran an editorial by Trump in which the GOP frontrunner criticizes Ted Cruz and America’s political system.
In an op-ed posted Thursday night, the publication described Trump as a “potential superstar of vast promise” making “rookie mistakes.”
“Should he win the nomination, we expect Trump to pivot — not just on the issues, but in his manner,” wrote the editorial board. “The post-pivot Trump needs to be more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned.”
The NY Post went on to list the positive qualities they think Trump brings to the table, including offering hope to “those who’ve seen their government ignore their needs.”
The publication also focused on Trump’s “rookie mistakes” saying that he has policies that seem “made on the fly” and that his idea of having Japan and South Korea “go nuclear to defend themselves” is “not remotely a good idea.” The editors also call Trump’s “build a wall” policy “too simplistic.”
While Trump’s language has often been “amateurish, divisive and downright coarse,” the paper’s editors ask what else can be expected from someone who’s never been a professional politician. “Indeed, his political incorrectness is one of his great attractions — it proves he’s not one of ‘them.'”
On Thursday the NY Post also announced that editor-in-chief Col Allan would be stepping down, with Stephen Lynch succeeding him.
“Col Allan is one of the most outstanding editors of his generation,” Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp said in a statement. “Col’s intelligence, insight, humor and unrelenting energy has created the New York Post that today stands as a newspaper of great influence, in print and online.”
In contrast to Trump’s endorsement by the Post, the New York Daily News endorsed John Kasich for the GOP primary on Wed., calling him a “mature, grounded politician.” The Daily News said Kasich’s rivals Ted Cruz and Donald Trump would be “disastrous” as president, “Cruz because he is an absolutist ideologue, Trump because he suffers from the irreparable, disqualifying defect of being Trump.”
Similar to the Post, the Daily News‘ editors made their own list surrounding Trump, although their list was far more harsh. “Only the most boorish would reference the size of his genitalia during a presidential debate,” wrote the editors. “Only the most thoughtlessly sexist would call for punishing women who have had abortions if abortion were ever criminalized.”
They concluded by saying, “every vote for Kasich is a vote against a recklessly arrogant man who would demean the highest office in the land.”
In the Journal editorial, Trump asks Americans how the political system was working for their families.
“I, for one, am not interested in defending a system that for decades has served the interest of political parties at the expense of the people,” Trump writes.
“The political insiders have had their way for a long time,” wrote Trump. “Let 2016 be remembered as the year the American people finally got theirs.”