Sheldon warming up to the Donald?
Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, not known usually for being shy about his political views, has avoided expressing support for any of the GOP presidential candidates.
But Adelson is spreading hints in recent weeks, and they all point toward Donald Trump, the only candidate in the race who doesn’t really need Adelson’s oversized campaign donations.
One way of gauging Adelson’s political leaning is by following the coverage on the pages of his Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom. And in recent weeks Adelson’s publication clearly indicating a warming up to the New York businessman.
The paper’s headline today was unmistakable: “Your Friend is Leading the Race,” Trump is quoted telling the Israel Hayom. “I was always your friend even in the toughest moments and that’s not going to change,” Trump is further quoted. Highlighted on the front page is a photo of Trump with Israel Hayon’s foreign news editor Boaz Bismuth, during the brief interview at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Bismuth’s article comes on the heels of an interview the Israel Hayom ran on March 13 with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, in which he showered praised on Trump, calling him “a very good man” and accusing the press on focusing negatively on the Republican frontrunner. The paper also ran another interview with Trump in February. Trump then promised to be a “true friend of Israel in the White House.”
While interviews with the Republican frontrunner are clearly a worthy news item for any international publication and are of great interest for Israelis who follow American politics closely, the choice of featuring these interviews so prominently and avoiding any critical mention when writing about the controversial candidate, can be easily interpreted as a signal indicating the political preference of the paper’s owners.
Adelson, who played a major role in the 2012 primary race, decided to sit out this campaign and wait until the field clears and a frontrunner emerges. Now, he may be indicating that Trump is his man.
Adelson, according to political insiders who had been in touch with him, had initially leaned toward either Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, but now, as the race narrowed and with Trump emerging as the inevitable nominee, the Vegas billionaire may be shifting his support toward Trump.
And the good news for Adelson – it won’t cost him a penny. While other primary candidates had hoped to tap into Adelson’s generous political funding operation that helped sustain Newt Gingrich in his failed 2012 race, Trump isn’t asking for money. Trump claims to rely mainly on self funding, allowing Adelson to keep his cash for the general election.
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