Speak MY Piece: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Endorses Trump

Trump visits Bucks County for a campaign rally on Oct. 31, 2020. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Trump is the better choice this year. You took the words, right out of my mouth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

By now you must have heard the Pittsburgh newspaper has, for the first time since 1972, endorsed a Republican presidential candidate – Donald Trump.

In the following portion of its editorial, the Post-Gazette pointed out why President Trump should be re-elected, the weakness of the Biden-Harris ticket and the frailties of Joe Biden himself.

Below is a portion of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsement:

“Let’s look at the Trump record:

Under Donald Trump the economy, pre-COVID, boomed, like no time since the 1950s. Look at your 401(k) over the past three years.

Unemployment for Black Americans is lower than it has ever been, under any president of either party.

Under Mr. Trump, our trade relationships have vastly improved and our trade deals have been rewritten. Thanks to him, middle America is on the map again and the Appalachian and hourly worker has some hope.

Has Mr. Trump done enough for these struggling fellow citizens? No. But he recognized them. Maybe he was not articulate, but he recognized their pain.

No one ever asked the American people, or the people in “flyover,” country, if they wanted to send their jobs abroad — until Mr. Trump. He has moved the debate, in both parties, from free trade, totally unfettered, to managed, or fair, trade. He has put America first, just as he said he would.

He also kept his promise to appoint originalists to the Supreme Court of the United States. His third appointment, Amy Coney Barrett, is the best of all — a jurist whose mind and character and scholarship ARE first class. We hope she stands against both judicial and executive excess.

Finally, let’s talk about one of the most important concerns in this region — energy. Under Mr. Trump the United States achieved energy independence for the first time in the lifetimes of most of us. Where would Western Pennsylvania be without the Shell Petrochemical Complex (the “cracker plant”)?”

On the money!

The editors also agree Trump is not a “unifier,’ as charged, but gets the job done, they say, and has taken the country in the right direction. We, who support Trump agree and also are able to set aside his certain personality traits, believing the future of  the Republic is at stake.

And many of us agree the Biden-Harris ticket offers higher taxes and is likely to bow to the “bullies” who would wipe out our history, instead of learning from it and growing.

Biden means to end fracking, despite his latest change of heart, which would hurt  the economy and the people who need work. Also, a Biden-Harris administration shapes up as soft on China, while we know the president considers China an enemy.

Finally, the newspaper editors note Biden is “too old for the job” – and fragile. But they suggest that he might not make it through his first term – and Kamala Harris is not ready to be president. Mike Pence on the other hand is ready for the job.

And if you have yet to vote, consider the above. But vote.