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NY Post endorses Trump, predicts presidential ‘pivot’

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The New York Post threw its support behind GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump just five days before New York’s delegate-rich primary.

{mosads}In a Thursday night editorial, the editorial board of the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper argued that the “rookie candidate” will need to act more presidential in the general election, while noting the energy his campaign has injected into the presidential race.

“Should he win the nomination, we expect Trump to pivot — not just on the issues, but in his manner. The post-pivot Trump needs to be more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned.

“Yet the promise is clearly there in the rookie who is, after all, leading the field as the finals near,” the editorial said. “Trump has electrified the public, drawing millions of new voters to the polls and inspiring people who’d given up on ever again having a candidate who’d fight for them.” 

The board also noted his business bona fides and strong ties to the Empire State.

“Trump is a do-er. As a businessman, he’s created jobs for thousands,” the board wrote. “And he’s proven how a private-sector, can-do approach can rip through government red tape and get things done.”

The board did, however, knock a few of Trump’s proposals and derided his temperament.  They said his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border “is far too simplistic a policy for a nation of immigrants.” The board also panned the real estate mogul’s “amateurish, divisive” language.

But they also noted that he’s been able to tap into voter anger nationwide.

“These last 10 months, he’s ripped through a different morass — the nation’s stale, insider-driven politics,” the board wrote. “And he’s done it by appealing to the public’s anger at a government that’s eternally gridlocked when it comes to serving the people — but always able to deliver for the connected.”

“He’s slammed the system for being rigged — and he’s right,” the board added. 

Trump, who resides in Manhattan and has a number of properties in New York City, holds a commanding lead in Empire State polls. New York will award 95 delegates.
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