Sheldon Adelson's Nevada Daily Gives Trump First Newspaper Endorsement

Las Vegas Review-Journal doesn't mention sexual misconduct charges against Trump, but says that 'neither candidate will ever be called to the dais to accept an award for moral probity and character.'

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., attends a news conference at the company's Parisian Macao casino resort in Macau, China, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump earned his first newspaper endorsement on Sunday, emerging in an editorial from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, famously owned by Jewish billionaire, casino mogul and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson.

"Yes," admitted the Review, "Mr. Trump's impulsiveness and overheated rhetoric alienate many voters. He has trouble dealing with critics and would be wise to discover the power of humility."

The Review made no mention of the 11 women who have come forward in recent weeks to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct, only saying that neither candidate "will ever be called to the dais to accept an award for moral probity and character."

The Review editorial began with a scathing description of the "incestuous and pernicious atmosphere dominating the capital," going on to paint Trump as the only alternative to a continuation of failed policies, all embodied by his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton promises to lead us down the same path," wrote the Review. "She'll cuddle up to the ways and perks of Washington like she would to a cozy old blanket. ... Make no mistake, a Hillary Clinton administration would indulge the worst instincts of the authoritarian left and continue to swell the bloated regulatory state while running the nation deeper into the red in pursuit of 'free' college and health care. 

"We are already distressingly familiar with the Clinton way, which involves turning public service into an orgy of influence peddling and entitlement designed to line their own pockets - precisely what a disgruntled electorate now rises up to protest."

The editorial also included a list of laws laid down in the Bill of Rights that would be directly threatened by a Clinton presidency.

Trump "promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation's strength and solvency have become subservient to power's pursuit and preservation. Donald Trump for president," the Review concluded.

Adelson was revealed as the mystery buyer of the Review last December, when reporters with the newspaper were able to uncover his true identity, which had been kept secret.

The billionaire's support for Trump has been inconsistent, after he chose to endorse former candidate Marco Rubio in the Republican primary race. It was revealed last month that the mogul has given much less then promised to Trump's campaign, focusing instead on Congress races.

A friend of Adelson's told the Guardian in August that the donor was "irked by a lot of things" about Trump's campaign, and was worried that the candidate's tactics would cost Republicans' their hold of Congress.