The New York Post on Thursday endorsed GOP front-runner Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.
The tabloid's editorial board cited the "plain-talking," "born and bred" New Yorker's "common-sense sensibilities" and said Trump had the skills and know-how "to live up to his campaign slogan: to make America great again."
"Here’s how we see it," the paper says in its editorial. "Trump is now an imperfect messenger carrying a vital message. But he reflects the best of 'New York values' -- and offers the best hope for all Americans who rightly feel betrayed by the political class."
The editorial mentions Trump's "downright coarse" language -- perhaps referring to his xenophobic, sexist, and patently false statements -- but notes the candidate has "never been a professional politician."
"Indeed, his political incorrectness is one of his great attractions -- it proves he’s not one of 'them,'" the editorial says.
The endorsement flies in the face of an editorial published last month by The Washington Post, which warned a Trump presidency would be a "radical risk" for the country. The Washington Post chastised Trump's "willingness to ignore facts and evidence" and his vague, often misguided statements on foreign policy. The newspaper's Chris Cillizza called Trump's interview with the paper's editorial board "totally bananas."
But the New York Post links these "rookie mistakes" with what it says will make Trump "a potential superstar of vast promise." Trump has, after all, incited many new voters to partake in the political process, the paper argues.
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.