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Trump Earns First Major Newspaper Endorsement

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

The Las Vegas Review-Journal endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump Saturday, coming in as the first major market newspaper to support the candidate.

“These are turbulent times,” the editorial board wrote in the official endorsement.

“History tells us that agents for reform often generate fear and alarm among those intent on preserving their cushy sinecures. It’s hardly a shock, then, that the 2016 campaign has produced a barrage of unceasing vitriol directed toward Mr. Trump,” the Review-Journal asserted.

“But let us not be distracted by the social media sideshows and carnival clatter. Substantive issues are in play this November.”

The paper cited a need for strong military leadership, as well as the need to repeal and replace Obamacare. The board asserted that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton just can’t fix the issues like Trump.

“Yet Hillary Clinton promises to lead us down the same path. She’ll cuddle up to the ways and perks of Washington like she would to a cozy old blanket,” the editorial board said.

“Mr. Trump instead brings a corporate sensibility and a steadfast determination to an ossified Beltway culture. He advocates for lower taxes and a simplified tax code, in contrast to his opponent’s plan to extract another $1 trillion from the private economy in order to enlarge the bureaucracy. Mr. Trump understands and appreciates the conditions that lead to prosperity and job creation and would be a friend to small business and entrepreneurship.”

In comparison, “Mrs. Clinton has spent most of her adult life on the public payroll.”

“We are already distressingly familiar with the Clinton way, which involves turning public service into an orgy of influence peddling and entitlement designed to line their own pockets — precisely what a disgruntled electorate now rises up to protest.”

The Review-Journal also addressed Trump’s scandals, “Yes, Mr. Trump’s impulsiveness and overheated rhetoric alienate many voters. He has trouble dealing with critics and would be wise to discover the power of humility.”

“Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave,” the paper concluded. ” “But he promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation’s strength and solvency have become subservient to power’s pursuit and preservation.”

Trump retweeted the endorsement, thanking the newspaper.

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