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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed President Trump for reelection late Saturday night, the first time the paper endorsed a Republican since 1972 when the paper endorsed President Richard Nixon’s reelection.

Arguing that “his personality totally eclipses his record,” the Post-Gazette’s editorial board set out to “separate the man from the record” in its endorsement.

“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,” the board wrote. “But is this really what it’s about?”

The board emphasized the state of the economy before the pandemic — low unemployment among black workers, a booming stock market and 401(k)s, and his promise to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court, which Trump has now done three times. The endorsement added that Trump pushed a national discourse “from free trade, totally unfettered, to managed, or fair, trade. He has put America first, just as he said he would.”

The board lambasted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s stance on green energy, transitioning away from fossil fuels, “and other Cuckoo California dreams that will cost the economy and the people who most need work right now.”

Pennsylvania is a hotly contested battleground state as one of the former “blue wall” states whose white, rural voters propelled Trump to the White House in 2016. Biden is currently “favored” to win Pennsylvania, according to FiveThirtyEight, 52% to 47%. Trump won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes in 2016 by less than 1 percentage point.

The state is bracing for a protracted legal battle if there is no clear winner on election night — an outcome made all the more likely by the record-breaking mail-in voting taking place in the state. The U.S. Elections Project has reported that roughly 2.3 million people in the state have already voted, roughly 37% of the total number of people who voted in 2016. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of state Democrats, who extended the deadline to count ballots by up to three days after Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3.

Author: Tyler Van Dyke

Source: Washington Examiner: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorses Donald Trump, its first Republican endorsement since 1972

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