This is a huge deal!
For the first time since 1972, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has endorsed Donald Trump for President. The paper of record for communities that stretch from Western Pennsylvania and into Ohio wants Trump to win.
In their endorsement, the Gazette slams President Trump’s behavior wishing he acted more like Obama.
We share the embarrassment of millions of Americans who are disturbed by the president’s unpresidential manners and character — his rudeness and put-downs and bragging and bending of the truth.
None of this can be justified. The president’s behavior often has diminished his presidency, and the presidency. Most Americans want a president who makes them proud.
We too 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 enthusiastically supported in 2008 and 2012). None of them are on the ballot this year.
However, the Gazette admitted you may not like him but you can’t ignore his record.
Under Donald Trump the economy, pre-COVID, boomed, like no time since the 1950s. Look at your 401(k) over the past three years.
Unemployment for Black Americans is lower than it has ever been, under any president of either party.
Under Mr. Trump, our trade relationships have vastly improved and our trade deals have been rewritten. Thanks to him, middle America is on the map again and the Appalachian and hourly worker has some hope.
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.
However, for the Gazette it really came down to one issue and that issue Joe Biden hasn’t spoken about since the third debate…fracking:
Finally, let’s talk about one of the most important concerns in this region — energy. Under Mr. Trump the United States achieved energy independence for the first time in the lifetimes of most of us. Where would Western Pennsylvania be without the Shell Petrochemical Complex (the “cracker plant”)?
Donald Trump is not Churchill, to be sure, but he gets things done.
Good old Joe Biden really stepped in it during the last debate and it looks like it’s going to cost him Pennsylvania.
Don’t let the media fool you, Democrats are freaking out. Here is a post from PA’s Lutenitut governor.