Donald Trump picked up his first major newspaper endorsement over the weekend in the key battleground state of Nevada.
The editorial board of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a conservative outlet owned by billionaire casino magnate and GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, cast the GOP nominee as the best opportunity to shake up the Washington establishment. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, would “cuddle up to the ways and perks of Washington like she would to a cozy old blanket,” the editorial said.
The endorsement acknowledged concerns about Trump’s temperament and fitness for office, urging him to “discover the power of humility.”
“But neither candidate will ever be called to the dais to accept an award for moral probity and character,” the paper said. “And 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.”
“Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave,” the editorial added. “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.”
Adelson has reportedly poured up to $25 million to support Trump’s candidacy, and put $10 million into a pro-Trump super PAC. But even he has begun to feel frustrated with Trump’s inability to stay on message. According to Fox Business, the casino magnate recently advised the New York businessman to lay off attacks against fellow Republicans and the media.
Trump badly lags behind Clinton in newspaper endorsements. The former secretary of state has won the support of over 100 daily newspapers. On Sunday, she won another voice ― The New Yorker magazine.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.