Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has run such a convincing campaign that his son-in-law’s newspaper put aside any concerns about a conflict of interest Tuesday in order to endorse him.
The editorial board of The New York Observer, a weekly newspaper owned by Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, kicked off its endorsement by insisting it was based on the candidate’s merits and not his family connections.
“Donald Trump is the father-in-law of the Observer’s publisher,” the endorsement began. “That is not a reason to endorse him. Giving millions of disillusioned Americans a renewed sense of purpose and opportunity is.”
The Observer seemed to take a message out of Trump’s playbook, citing polls and a high voter turnout as evidence of the real estate mogul’s popularity. The publication also blamed the media for making excuses “for his success.”
The Observer changed its approach to covering Trump after it was reported that Kushner and Observer editor-in-chief Ken Kurson reviewed the businessman’s speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).