In an editorial that’s at war with itself, the New York Post has endorsed Donald Trump, the one that the newspaper hopes it sees, but no one else has.
Here’s how the Post urges us to ignore the Donald Trump that has repeatedly embarrassed himself during the campaign:
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.
In other words, we endorse Donald Trump “on the come.” Despite the botched, ignorant, simple-minded and insulting things we’ve seen so far. And then the Post goes on to list all those negatives:
But then there are those rookie mistakes.
Start with policies that seem made on the fly.
No, pulling US troops out of Japan and South Korea — and pushing both countries to go nuclear to defend themselves — is not remotely a good idea. American commitments may need rethinking — but careful rethinking.
Yes, controlling the border is one of Washington’s fundamental duties — but “Build the Wall” is far too simplistic a policy for a nation of immigrants.
By all means, get the best trade deals for America — but remember that trade means cheaper goods for the less well-off, and challenge US industries to improve.
Trump’s language, too, has too often been amateurish, divisive — and downright coarse.
But what else to expect from someone who’s never been a professional politician and reflects common-man passions?
What do we expect, even from rookies? Can we ask for logic, intelligence, informed, thoughtful, civil. Not the simpleton that Donald Trump has shown himself to be.
What Post wants us to believe is that what Donald Trump has been telling the voters is deceit and nothing more than showboating. That under the course visage thrives a fully competent and intelligent soul. That a candidate must appeal to the voters’ most base instincts to get elected. That a leopard can change its posts and that a fool can get smart after the votes are counted.
What does the Post know that we don’t?
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