The New York Post has published a scathing editorial labeling Donald Trump “unworthy” of the US presidency, a sharp 180 following the influential newspaper’s previous endorsement of Trump for re-election in 2020.
The Post had published a piece last month calling for Republicans to “move on” from Trump, but went a lot further with their latest offering, laying into the former President for his lack of response as events were unfolding during the January 6th Capitol riots.
The editorial described the debate over whether Trump incited the mob as “somewhat of a red herring”, pointing out that the fact Trump “didn’t lift a finger” to stop the violence was undeniable.
“He was the only person who could stop what was happening. He was the only one the crowd was listening to. It was incitement by silence,” the article said.
“It’s up to the Justice Department to decide if this is a crime. But as a matter of principle, as a matter of character, Trump has proven himself unworthy to be this country’s chief executive again.”
The Wall Street Journal also weighed in on the former President, who finds himself once more in the firing line as the weight of evidence put forward by the January 6th committee builds. Describing Trump as “The President Who Stood Still on Jan. 6”, the Journal praised former Vice President Mike Pence for standing firm in the face of pressure from his boss.
The January 6th committee continues to the explore the role Trump played in events at the Capitol, and is expected to publish its findings in September.