New York (AFP) – Donald Trump has the blessing of the New York Post tabloid, which used its Friday edition to endorse the Republican frontrunner, calling him “imperfect — but so full of promise.”
The conservative daily, owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch, said the Manhattan billionaire reflects “the best of ‘New York values’” and “offers the best hope for all Americans who rightly feel betrayed by the political class.”
It dismissed as “rookie mistakes” Trump’s controversial pronouncements pushing Japan and South Korea to go nuclear, and building a wall along the Mexican border.
But it did advise Trump to be “more presidential: better informed on policy, more self-disciplined and less thin-skinned.”
The editorial made no reference to Trump’s public insults for women he does not like, his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States or his portrayal of Mexicans as drug traffickers and rapists.
Instead it said political incorrectness was “one of his great attractions” even if his language was too often “amateurish, divisive — and downright coarse.”
The real estate magnate leads Republican polls for next Tuesday’s New York primary but recent losses raise the prospect that he will face a contested nomination for the party’s ticket to the White House.