The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the first major newspaper to endorse Donald Trump in 2016, is urging Trump to face the “inevitable” and accept that he has lost the presidency to Joe Biden.
While the editorial does not directly call on Trump to concede, it argues that Trump “does a disservice to his more rabid supporters by insisting that he would have won the November 3 election absent voter fraud. That’s simply false.”
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The Review-Journal is owned by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, who, with his wife Miriam, reportedly spent nearly $200 million on the 2020 election.
“It is too fitting that the Trump presidency concludes amid a babel of bluster and bravado. But the president does a disservice to his more rabid supporters by insisting that he would have won the November 3 election absent voter fraud. That’s simply false,” read the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s lead editorial on Thursday.
“There is no evidence, however, that fraud cost Mr. Trump the election, no matter how much the president tweets the opposite and his supporters wish it so,” the editorial argues.
The editorial claims that while Trump faced “an overtly hostile press, a political establishment that treated him as an enemy occupier and an opposition party that took leave of its senses” … “Mr. Trump lost this election because he ultimately didn’t attract enough votes.”
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Miriam Adelson, who was born in Israel and is the publisher of Israel HaYom, became the richest person in Israel in 2019 when her husband, a casino tycoon and philanthropist, transferred assets to her.